brain training to stop depression

play with your mindA recent study indicates that it may be possible to ward off depression through the practice of brain training and the use of mind games. the researchers had subjects (Young women with depressed mothers) perform simple mental tasks designed to “rewire” their brains and unlearn negative bias they may have picked up during their upbringing. In the experiment, these girls used a neural feedback display to learn how to control neural activity in brain regions linked to depression. Here is a quote from from the article:

In his pilot study, both kinds of training significantly reduced stress-related responses – for example, increases in heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels – to negative stimuli. These stress responses are a key marker of depression, and they diminished one week after training. The girls in the experimental groups also developed fewer defensive responses to negative faces, such as startled blinking. Control groups showed no such improvement.

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