New study reports that depression makes it hard to sustain positive emotions (I think we knew that?)

The research was done at the University of Wisconsin whee they showed that individuals with depression had normal brain activity at the beginning of the experiment but were unable to sustain it toward the end of the study. The participants were asked to practice cognitive strategies to hold on to the positive image (pictures they were shown) by imagining themselves in a similar positive scenario.

No surprise that the depressed individuals were less able to sustain the positive emotion as demonstrated in the activation of the brain’s reward centers, over time.

Reference: University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009, December 22). Depression saps endurance of the brain’s reward circuitry. ScienceDaily.

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