Ask the Brains; July / August 2011; Scientific American Mind; by Paul Li; Jeannine Stamatakis; 1 Page(s)
What happens in the brain when we experience a panic attack?
—Davide Razzoli, Italy
Paul Li, a lecturer of cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley, explains: Before going onstage to give a presentation, you notice your breathing becomes heavy, your hands tremble and you feel faint. Though frightening, these symptoms are not life-threatening; rather they are indicative of a panic attack.