MEG Brain Studies

Nan Toskey, Director & Editor | Produced by Minneapolis VA Health Care Media Services

Magnetoencephalagrophy (MEG) Brain Technology segment excerpt from the Minneapolis VA Health Care “Excellence through Learning, Discovery, and Best Practice”. The Minneapolis Brain Sciences Center is one of only a few research facilities in the world using powerful MEG sensors safely record brain activity. Using MEG, Minneapolis researchers … for the first time ever, have identified a neurological marker for PTSD.

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Tragic Stories Wake Us Up

Sadness Breeds Gratitude: The Value of Tragedy | By Tom Jacobs
New research suggests watching a tragic movie or play leads us to reflect on our close relationships, which brings us pleasure.

Researchers present evidence that watching tragedy inspires self-reflection, which allows us to re-focus on the people in our lives we might otherwise take for granted.

Man and Woman Watching Movie

Care to catch a production of King Lear tonight? It’s about a vain, arrogant old man who loses everything of value to him. In the last scene, he cradles the body of the devoted daughter he foolishly disowned. You’ll love it!

OK, fine — you’d rather stay home and pop in a DVD of, say, Titanic. Either way, you’ll be watching a tragedy, a genre that has captivated audiences since the era of the ancient Greeks. In inflation-adjusted dollars, three of the top 10 movies of all time — Gone With the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, and Titanic — are tragedies. Why do we willingly subject ourselves, again and again, to these sad stories?

Researchers led by Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick of Ohio State University have tentatively propose some answers. In the journal Communication Research, they present evidence that watching tragedy inspires self-reflection, which allows us to re-focus on the people in our lives we might otherwise take for granted. The melancholy emotions these tales arouse ultimately provoke pleasant feelings of gratitude.  (more…)

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RINGS Research

Nan Toskey, Director & Editor | Produced by Minneapolis VA Health Care Media Services

RINGS Research segment excerpt from the Minneapolis VA Health Care “Excellence through Learning, Discovery, and Best Practice”. RINGS stands for “Readiness & Resilience of National Guard Soldiers”. This groundbreaking PTSD research studied the largest deployment of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers before, during, and after deployment. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System Research Program is one of the largest and most active research programs in the VA health care system.

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