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Anxiety can make you walk in opposite direction

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

London, Jan 20: Did you notice why you suddenly start moving in the other direction when in stress? Blame your brain as people experiencing anxiety have more activity on the right side of the brain, causing them to walk in a leftward trajectory, researchers report. Dr Mario Weick from the University of Kent has for the first time linked the activation of the brain’s two hemispheres with lateral shifts in people’s walking trajectories. In research aimed at establishing why individuals display a tendency to allocate attention unequally across space, people were blindfolded and asked to walk in a straight line across a room towards a previously seen target. The researchers found evidence that blindfolded individuals who displayed inhibition or anxiety were prone to walk to the left, indicating greater activation in the right hemisphere of the brain. (IANS)

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