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With Thanks in the Brain - What Happens in Your Brain When You Experience Gratitude?

‘Tis the season to be thankful—but what happens in our brains when we experience gratitude?

In a study published last year in Frontiers in Psychology, Glenn R. Fox, Jonas Kaplan, Hanna Damasio and Antonio Damasio, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, set out to determine the neural correlates of gratitude, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

A substantial problem the team had to solve before imaging the brains of any experimental participants was the following: to engineer a situation that would engender feelings of gratitude in a laboratory environment.  

by Susana Martinez-Conde, read more in blogs.scientificamerican.com

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