SANTA MONICA, Calif.
— Researchers at Stanford University say the brain’s primary focus is not just to keep us alive but to also do its best to keep the body functioning properly.
In a new study, published in the journal Science Advances, the team discovered that brain activity can vary across different tasks.
They used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the activity of two brain areas that are responsible for emotion and thought.
The first is the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for thinking and emotional regulation.
The second is the amygdala, which has more complex emotions and responses.
“We found that there was a significant change in brain activity in the prefrontal and amygdala regions when we performed tasks that required the ability to control emotion,” said senior author Michael J. Jorgensen, a professor of neuroscience at Stanford.
Previous studies have found that the prefrontal region is critical for the ability of people to regulate emotions, and that the amygdala is important for emotion regulation.
“But it was only recently that we discovered that we can actually manipulate these two areas of the brain,” he said.
A previous study by Jorgenson found that while people who performed better on the empathy task performed better in their emotional well-being.
Jorgensen and his colleagues compared two tasks: one that required a person to make an emotional decision, such as whether to pick up a cup of coffee, and another that required them to make a decision about whether or not to take a coffee break, such the decision whether to take the elevator to work or go home.
Participants had to perform a decision task for both tasks.
In the decision task, they had to rate their satisfaction with each choice they made.
Then, the researchers asked participants to imagine a situation in which they made a choice and they were asked to compare that choice with the same choice that they had made the previous day.
They were asked which of their choices were more likely to be correct.
Results showed that people who made more of their emotional decisions during the empathy study performed better during both tasks when compared to people who did not make those decisions.
So, in this case, people who were emotionally involved performed better when it came to emotional decisions when compared with people who had a lot of emotions.
“We showed that it is not the choice that we make that makes us happy, but the emotional response to the emotional state of the decision,” Jorgens said.
“It turns out that the same brain mechanisms are important for both emotional regulation and for decision making.”
This suggests that there are different processes involved in both decision making and emotion regulation,” he added.
However, the study did not find evidence that the brain had a different function when it comes to emotional regulation, as it did in previous studies.
For example, in a previous study, Jorgenstein and his co-authors found that people with emotional problems were more sensitive to negative emotional states than people without emotional problems.
When it comes time to make decisions, it is the emotional responses that determine the outcome, Jussensen said.
And, he added, this study does not prove that the emotions are more important when it is making a decision, but that it does show that emotional regulation plays a role.
Another finding was that the brains of people who are more emotional than people who do not have emotional problems are different.
There is a difference between those with a history of emotional problems and those who do have a history, said lead author Dr. Laura K. Stott, a graduate student in psychology and the study’s senior author.
And, she added, people with a family history of depression are more sensitive.”
Our data suggest that we have an underlying neural mechanism that is involved in the emotion regulation process, but we need to know whether that mechanism also contributes to the decision making process,” Stott said.
The study is the first to investigate whether emotional regulation is different in people with more than one type of depression, or more than three.
It also showed that this is not a one-way relationship, as previous studies have suggested, Kott said, suggesting that emotions may have a more complex relationship with different types of depression.
One possible way to test this theory is to try and measure how the brains react to emotions that are similar or different from those of people with no history of mental health issues.”
There are people who have depression and there are people with depression and those with depression are not necessarily the same,” Kott explained.
These are the kinds of studies that we need, to see if this relationship is real or not, she said.
For example the authors say it is possible that the connection between the emotions that people have and their decision making could be different in individuals who have emotional difficulties.
Other possible studies could look at how different emotional responses are related to the different types