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Smelling fear? Study provides evidence that chemosensory anxiety signals reduce trust and risk-taking in women

The odor of anxiety-induced body sweat can make women become more risk adverse and less trusting of others, according to new research published in the journal Biological Psychology. The new findings indicate that chemosensory anxiety signals can act contagiously but predominantly affect women. Animals commonly use their sense of smell to detect predators and other […]…

Neuropsychiatric symptoms may worsen over time in COVID-19 survivors

Scientists are learning more about the long-term neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. New findings from researchers at Columbia University provide preliminary evidence that depression, insomnia, and trauma-related symptoms might grow worse over time. Previous research, which examined the electronic health records of 236,379 patients, had found that one in three COVID-19 survivors were diagnosed […]…