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New research: Sadness and depression with the brain in mind

Imagine if you were sitting in your living room and when you turned on the television the movie Terms of Endearment came on. It wasn’t just any part of the movie, it was the moment where the mother watches her daughter who had been struggling with cancer pass away. If you don’t know this movie, it’s one of the greatest tearjerkers of all time.

Earlier this year, Farb and colleagues (2010) conducted research called Minding One’s Emotions: Mindfulness Training Alters the Neural Expression of Sadness that did a variation of this with two groups of people, those trained in mindfulness meditation and a waitlisted control group in order to see any different activity in their brains. Past research, along with this current study, have shown that mindfulness training has helped with depressive relapse and so the researchers simply wanted to find out if there was any correlation in brain activity that could help explain why.

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Comment from Jitendra
Time: July 12, 2011, 11:05 am

Thanks for this Research article.
I am an avid practioner of VIPASSANA– the mindfulness meditation, taught by VRI-India,for the last 7years and reaping the same benefit which has been mentioned in this article! Even at times I, myself get an awkward feeling in a so called distressing situation when I observe the everlasting depressions my near and dear ones compared to mine more composed present moment awareness!
Now with this research based information I can feel not only normal but being blessed! Thanks once again for this input!
Bhabatu sabbe Mangalam!

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