Why are many people really sad and others happy at Christmas, says a leading researcher.
The answer lies in our capacity to use emotions to make decisions, and it is a feature of our cognitive machinery, not a bug.
“What we call emotion, and what we call thinking, are two very different things,” said Michael C. Sommers, a cognitive scientist at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.
“Our emotional processing is very, very complex, and our thinking is very limited,” he said.
“We’re using our ability to use emotion to make our decisions and our decisions are going to be influenced by emotion.”
In other words, our emotions make us feel good and our reasoning makes us feel bad.
But it turns out that the emotions we feel are not just a matter of our brains.
In fact, our brains are far more complicated than the researchers thought.
It turns out the brain’s emotional processing can be manipulated to make people feel bad or happy.
This finding is important because it could lead to new treatments for depression and anxiety.
If we can understand how emotions are processed in the brain, then we could then use these emotions as a basis for understanding how to treat the disorder and other emotional disorders, said Sommes.
So, why do some people feel good at Christmas and others don’t?
Why do some feel sad and some feel happy?
“It is really not a matter about one emotion or the other,” said Sussman.
“It’s a question about how much of the emotion we feel can be processed by our brains.”
We’ve been trained to think that our emotions are “just a side effect” of thinking.
And this is true, but our brains have many other systems that help us think and make decisions.
The ability to make choices The basic system of emotion processing is the prefrontal cortex.
This area of the brain is responsible for decision making, including planning and making decisions.
And because emotions affect our decisions, it is important that our decision-making systems work well with emotion.
When a person thinks of an emotion, their brain activates the areas in their prefrontal cortex that control their thinking and emotions.
This allows them to think about the emotions they’re thinking about.
This is an important part of our mental toolkit.
Sussmans research found that when people have an emotion they’re interested in, the prefrontal areas of the prefrontal cortices are activated, and this is where they start to think of an action.
When they think of a bad or unpleasant thing, the parts of the cortex that work in the part of the frontal lobes that control our thoughts and emotions, the amygdala, are also activated.
And when these areas are activated it allows the brain to think more logically.
And the prefrontal regions of the cortical lobes, especially the frontal parts, are particularly involved in decision making.
And so this process is very much at the heart of our decision making processes.
But the processes are not all about emotions.
There is also a third system in the prefrontal brain that is involved in our emotions.
“When we think of our emotions, we’re actually using the prefrontal system, our emotional processing system, to control our decisions,” said Misha Rosenbaum, a professor of cognitive science at Harvard University.
“The prefrontal cortex is responsible to make judgments and decisions, which are not necessarily about emotions.”
“The more emotional a situation is, the more likely you are to have an emotional response to that situation,” said Rosenbaum.
“This is because when we’re experiencing negative emotions, our prefrontal systems are activating in order to control the negative emotion, which we’re calling the emotion.”
The prefrontal cortex also helps to process emotional information.
This includes emotions like fear and anger.
When someone experiences fear, the brain releases dopamine.
This chemical is released in order for us to experience pleasure and the same chemical is also released when we feel anger.
The amygdala, which is involved with processing emotions, also releases dopamine to make us react to the threat.
“Emotions are triggered by the prefrontal and amygdala systems,” said H. David Riehl, a psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
“So if you’ve experienced fear, for example, and you have a situation where you’re scared, the activity of the amygdala is going to go up, and your prefrontal systems will go up to try to control it,” he explained.
“But when you don’t experience fear, you don, and so your activity of amygdala will go down.”
This is because the activity in the amygdala decreases, and the activity going up in the frontal areas, which work on the decisions, decreases.
“If you feel fear, then your activity in prefrontal cortex goes up and your activity goes down in the same areas,” said Riell.
And, as we know, these processes are related to our feelings of joy and sadness, Rosenbaum added. This