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  • Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggests

    From left, U. of I. psychology professor Florin Dolcos, graduate student Yifan Hu, researcher Sanda Dolcos and their colleagues found that healthy adults who have a larger orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region located just behind the eyes, are more optimistic and less anxious.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Florin Dolcos, call 217-418-3992; email

    To reach Sanda Dolcos, call 217-418-3995; email

    To reach Yifan Hu, call 217-607-4536 email

    The paper “Optimism and the Brain: Trait Optimism Mediates the Protective Role of the Orbitofrontal Cortex Gray Matter Volume Against Anxiety” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.