Getting people to stop panicking in high-stress situations could be as easy as showing them what's happening to their brains when they do, new research suggests. In an experiment conducted by scientists at Yale University, 23 people were exposed to anxiety-producing images of germs, with 12 participants also seeing how their brain reacted while hooked up to an functional magnetic resonance imaging machine. The researchers found that those who saw their brain scans were best able to control their anxiety when subjected to stress-inducing stimuli in the future.

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