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    Response and recovery in the brain may predict well-being
    by Jill Ladwig
    Feb 4, 2013
    Universituy of Wisconsin - Madison News

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    It has long been known that the part of the brain called the amygdala is responsible for recognition of a threat and knowing whether to fight or flee from the danger.

    Now, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, scientists at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center are watching the duration of the amygdala response in the brains of healthy people when exposed to negative images. How long the recovery takes may be an indicator of personality traits like neuroticism.

    Recently published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, the study specifically examines how the amygdala responds and recovers from negative stimuli. One of the more primitive parts of the mammalian brain, the amygdala is central to processing emotion, including activating changes in the body that often accompany emotion. In terms of its evolutionary function, this region of the brain is part of a circuit that is key to our sense of fear recognition and alertness to danger.

    While the role of the amygdala has been understood and well documented, the time course for the response-recovery process has never been investigated, nor observed, until the recent advance of fMRI analysis methods.

    “Past studies looking at the temporal unfolding of emotional responses have focused on reports of emotional experience obtained from interviews and questionnaires,” says Tammi Kral, research specialist at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and an author of the paper. “This study is different because it looks at the temporal activity in the brain via fMRI.”

    Through the lens of fMRI, scientists can measure the activation in the amygdala as it reacts to negative stimuli, and the subsequent recovery after the stimulus ends. This study shows that while the initial reactivity of the amygdala does not predict personality traits, a sluggish response-recovery time may be a predictor of neuroticism.

    “People’s responses to negative emotional stimuli, and their ability to regulate those responses, can be a major factor in depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders,” says Kral. “In the case of depression, the person is often ruminating, perseverating — they’re unable to let go of the negative experience.”

    The study could have clinical applications because it implies that changing the way people recover from negative occurrences may be a good way to improve their emotional well-being. Research from other groups also supports the idea that individual differences in emotional recovery affect overall well-being.

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    I should take part, neuroticism is so me.
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    Alternance and the Practice of 5X5X5

    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    Response and recovery in the brain may predict well-being
    Good on you, Vasilisa - this is important.

    And so how can we improve our response and recovery?

    First we need to meet the idea of alternance in "The Art of Joyful Living", by Jacques Peze, found at www.Amazon.com

    Then we need the physical and spiritual practice of alternance.

    I have developed a practice where we alternate between euphoria and relaxation, between dancing and sitting, over a period of fifty minutes.

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