March 18, 2009
Depressed People Fail To Learn Positive Information

Depressed people do a poorer job of recognizing good news and opportunities.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While depression is often linked to negative thoughts and emotions, a new study suggests the real problem may be a failure to appreciate positive experiences.

Researchers at Ohio State University found that depressed and non-depressed people were about equal in their ability to learn negative information that was presented to them.

But depressed people weren’t nearly as successful at learning positive information as were their non-depressed counterparts.

If you are interested in the details of this study then click thru. But what to do about it? This makes me flash on Life Of Brian and an important message: Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 March 18 10:33 PM  Brain Depression

jb said at March 19, 2009 7:02 AM:

this explains a lot about the current recession. So many people seem to think it's the end time. Maybe this is why.

Faruq Arshad said at March 20, 2009 9:35 AM:

Randall, I posted a comment that I had a theory, a wild theory, but still a theory that depression might be an advanced form of biolgical warfare against humans by an alien civillsation. This might sound a very odd thing to say,but someone like Asimov would understand where I was coming from. What was the reason the post was deleted?

Randall Parker said at March 21, 2009 2:18 PM:

Faruq Arshad,

I never saw your comment. It wasn't deleted. It wasn't held for approval or placed in the junk category by my blog software. Try it again.

Faruq Arshad said at March 21, 2009 2:33 PM:

Thanks Randall. Looking back now,maybe the idea that depression is some form of advanced alien mental warfare against humans is a little far-fectched (maybe not,the famous quote by Haldane comes to mind:the universe is not only stranger that we suppose,but starnger than we can suppose). On top of my depression, I also suffer from a fairly paranoid personality type.Maybe that's a reason I made up the thoery.
But in my defence,the psychiatists who say depression is just due to seratonin imbalance are also wrong.

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