Monday, February 7, 2011

Writing is Emotional

Research finds that writing marginalizes brain activity in regions associated with emotional responses ... meaning writing can help you calm down.

Brains of people were examined as they looked at pictures of others who had positive or negative facial expressions. When asked to label the emotion, the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex became active, a region associated with self-restraint. Only when people express emotions in words does activity arise in this region. Also, the more that region is activated, the less active are a variety of limbic regions associated with emotions

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