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Darcy Waller gets wired up

Study Finds That a Surprise Stimulus Helps People Stop an Action

Imagine reaching to pet your cat, and it hisses at you. How does your brain take stock of the sound and communicate with your body to pull back your hand?

Neuroscientists are interested in how the brain communicates with the motor system to help your body stop an action. This communication is vital because it helps us avoid surprises and react to potentially dangerous or unforeseen circumstances.

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Emily Kroska

Emily Kroska | Ph.D., 2018

Emily Kroska has a strong interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is based on a person’s acceptance, rather than avoidance, of painful emotions and experiences. Therapists help people commit to living a life, which values who and what matters most to them.

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