Brain on Brain: A Scientific Approach to Emotions and Behavior , by Dr. Jennifer E. Pasko, explores how emotions affect our brains, which are key components of how we process information and make sense of the world.
Dr. Palko’s book is the culmination of a 30-year effort by her husband, Dr. William J. Pankow, to understand the workings of the human brain.
They hope that the book will inspire others to pursue the same understanding.
“We think that by studying these things we can have a better understanding of the brain, which is crucial to understanding human cognition and behavior,” said Dr. Pampers.
“And we think that understanding the brain can lead to new therapeutic approaches, like those that we have been studying.”
The first book to tackle the subject was published in 2006, but Dr. C.D. Spitzner’s “Brain on Brain” was the most widely cited.
“What has been shown is that people who are emotional, anxious, or depressed have less gray matter in certain parts of the frontal lobes,” said J. Richard Durbin, a neurologist and co-author of the book.
The new study, published this month in the journal Brain, found that people with depressed moods had less gray in their prefrontal lobes.
“The frontal lobe is a region of the mind that has a lot of control over the mind, but the prefrontal lobe also has the ability to respond to emotional stimuli,” Dr. Durbins said.
“We thought we might have found a link between how our brain responded to emotional information and how our moods changed over time.”
This is the brain that helps us process emotions, such as fear, anger, and frustration, according to the authors.
The findings are the result of an analysis of more than 3,000 people, all of whom had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
“It’s very clear that emotional and behavioral changes in people who suffer from depression are a lot more prevalent than we’d previously thought,” Dr Paskos said.
The new study also showed that there are many different brain regions involved in emotions, from the hippocampus to the amygdala to the cerebellum, where emotions are processed.
The results, which also showed a link with depression, suggest that more research is needed to understand how and why different parts of our brains work together to make sense and act on the world, according the authors of the study.
Dr Paskas findings have implications for the way we treat depression, she said.
“You need to understand that emotional distress is really the most common cause of depression and anxiety,” she said, adding that more than 80 percent of people who experience depression or a mental health disorder are not aware of it.
“Depression and anxiety are so intertwined, but we’re not able to fully understand them and the connections between them.
We’re not even getting the whole picture.”
Dr. J. William Pankos said the study is just the beginning.
“Understanding the brain is critical to understanding how emotions and behavior change in people with depression,” he said.
He added that the next step would be to study the brains of people with and without depression, which will help scientists understand how the disorder develops.
“Our next step is to understand what the differences are in the brains that are affected by depression,” Dr Fisch said.
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