The study was carried out by researchers at New York University.? Participants were asked to imagine positive future events, relative to negative ones, while having their brain imaged, with an FMRI machine. Participants were asked to think of possible future events.? The researchers found that people ?were more likely to expect positive events to happen closer in the future than negative events and to imagine them with greater vividness?
?'When participants imagined positive future events relative to negative ones, enhanced activation was detected in the rostral anterior cingulate and amygdala, which are the same brain areas that seem to malfunction in depression,'
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