Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain’s response to threat, new research from the University of Exeter has found.
The study discovered that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain’s threat monitor, the amygdala, subsequently does not respond to images showing threatening facial expressions or words.
A workshop to increase awareness of alternative approaches to treating mental illness and fostering wellbeing is being held at St Stephen’s Church, High Street Exeter on Friday 7 November.
The University of Exeter’s commitment to gender equality in science disciplines has been recognised through a prestigious national award scheme.
A flagship event for disseminating Mindfulness research was held in September in Exeter as part of an initiative to share information about recent mindfulness research at the University of Exeter.