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This Is Your Brain and Body on Power

Clip: Season 46 | 4m 22s

Some people hunger for power, others are corrupted by it, and some are defined by it. But what does power do to our brains and bodies? Individuals with less power are more reliant on other people to meet their needs— so their brain pathways activate to help them understand the people they’re relying on. In contrast, those that feel powerful have a more adaptive way of handling stress.

Aired: 04/01/19

Rating: NR

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