There’s no doubt about the fact that the world we live in today is full of stress, violence, terror and hate. Yet, we all respond to stress differently, and it seems as though some of us are more resilient than others.
But why so? Researchers wanted to get an inside look into people’s brains during a stressful situation to see if anything special was happening, in order to potentially help people cope better with stress.
During the stress, the researchers noticed something interesting that happened in one particular area of the brain. The ventral medical prefrontal cortex, which is a region in the brain that involves emotional regulation and detection of one’s internal state (like hunger, craving, and wanting.) What was surprising to see, was people who had more neuroflexibility and neuroplasticity in this region were also less likely to binge drink and emotionally eat, and most importantly, they seemed to respond to stress in an emotionally destructive way.
The results indicate that this part of the prefrontal cortex is involved in a persons reaction to stress.
More research is required in order to see how to increase flexibility in the this region.