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Emotions and the Brain






The Sentis Brain Animation Series takes you on a tour of the brain through a series of short and sharp animations. This fifth in the series explains what happens in our brains as we experience emotions—both helpful and unhelpful ones! This empowering animation demonstrates that while sometimes our emotions can 'hijack' our rational thinking, we also have the power to manage our emotions with conscious thought.


When we hear the word emotion, most of us think of love, hate, happiness, or fear. Those strong feelings we experience throughout life, our emotions are the driving force behind many of our behaviors. Helpful and unhelpful, just where do our emotions come from? Our brain is wired to look for threats or rewards if one is detected.

The feeling region of the brain alerts us through the release of chemical messages. Emotions are the effect of these chemical messages traveling from our brain through the body when our brain detects a potential threat. Our brain releases the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which prepare us for a fight or flight response.

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