Biology is definitely involved in the
emotions we feel, but scientists know very little
about how that works.
We know that certain chemicals in our
brain cells, or neurons, are linked to emotions.
These chemicals are called
neurotransmitters. Too much or too little
of these neurotransmitters can lead to depression
or a feeling of great happiness, but biologists
don't know exactly how this happens. Scientists
have also found links between certain regions of
the brain and our perception of emotions, but
again, nobody knows how those regions of the brain
do what they do. By the time you become a
scientist, however, we might know a lot more!
Does science play a role in our
emotions? Scientists are trying to understand
our emotions and to find ways of helping us deal
with emotions that are a big problem for us.
There are many things scientists are studying
to try to help us deal with difficult
emotions. One is to design medicines that
keep our emotions more manageable. Another one is
to understand how therapists can help us
keep our emotions more manageable - which types of
therapy work best, or is it mostly that there
are better therapists and worse ones, regardless
of what type of therapy they use? Another is
to understand how things like meditation and deep
relaxation help us and how we can best use them to
help ourselves, such as how long do we need to
meditate to get a benefit, and what happens in
our bodies when we are having a good
meditation? Another is to investigate what
good medical things there are outside of modern
science, such as acupuncture and medicinal
Our emotions are so complex, and often we just
need to accept our emotions and the emotions of
other people and try not to blame ourselves or
others too much!
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