Is it All in Your Head? How Emotions and Stressful Thoughts Affect Health

Webinar w A/Prof. Asya Rolls – Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology

We are living in unprecedented times, forcing us to adapt to a new reality which for many is not easy. More then ever before, it is important to stay as fit and healthy as possible, both physically and mentally.

Watch Technion’s A/Professor Asya Rolls talking about her research in understanding how one’s positive thoughts and expectations may impact the body’s ability to fight off germs.

Neuroscience has shown that every thought and emotion triggers specific brain activity that can be measured and manipulated. Asya will explain, how is it that at least one-third of patients in medical trials get better with placebos.

In one study, she showed that the release of the so-called “feel-good neurotransmitter” dopamine disabled tumor-promoting cells in the immune system of mice, allowing them to fight cancer.

Prof. Rolls is an associate professor in the Technion Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and an International Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Wellcome investigator. An expert in sleep deprivation and brain research, Prof. Rolls studies the physiological mechanisms by which emotions and thoughts affect physical health.

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