Scientists now believe they’ve found a way to identify sadness in the brain. It’s a matter of observing increase activity between the region of the brain involved in emotion and memory.
The amygdala and the hippocampus are the two regions of the brain pertinent in this study. Our emotions are regulated by the amygdala. The hippocampus is responsible for our memories. We can live without it but our recall is shoddy, at best. Without the amygdala, we’re a lot like a robot.
The reason this is such an exciting discover is because it may direct us to new ways on how to treat depression. Knowing that the regions of the brain for emotion and memory are important when it comes to good stuff but intrusive when it comes to bad may help us find more viable ways to treat sadness.
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