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Sadness and the Brain

September 18, 2008

Research by Dr. John Mann and colleagues was referenced in a Newsweek article on the biology of emotions: "In 22 studies, brain scans were performed on nondepressed but sad volunteers. Sadness was mostly induced (subjects were shown sad pictures or films, asked to remember a sad event), although, in a couple of studies, subjects had recently experienced a loss. In the aggregate, sadness appeared to cause altered activity in more than 70 different brain regions."

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