The study also showed that the habenula responds more the worse an experience is predicted to be. For example, researchers said the habenula responds much more strongly when an electric shock is certain than when it is unlikely to happen. This means that your brain can tell how bad an event will be before it occurs
If anyone ever tells you you’re a Debbie Downer, just tell them you have a healthy habenula.
I wonder if there are any disorders that could later be associated with this part of the brain, and if so what implications would it have on people’s sense of danger.
Going over the article a second time and this stood out a lot especially after some the replies from you guys:
The habenula has been linked to depression, and this study shows how it could play a part in symptoms such low motivation, focusing on negative experiences and pessimism in general. Researchers said that understanding the habenula could potentially help them develop new ways of treating depression.
Interesting, so maybe this isn’t news to other people, and I had an idea that things like positivity and being negative are results of the way our brains are hardwired but I had no idea that this hardwiring was so crucial that it requires it own section in the brain.
What does this kind of research and info say about people who tend to be negative and pessimistic? That they want to be that way or that’s how their habenula is? and are there ways to mold this part of the brain to some how regulate our positivity and negativity towards events?
Is it healthy for one person to insist another person simply think their way out of their negativity when there’s a whole part of brain that may be pushing you towards these negative states that lead to depression or maybe suicidal tendencies if left untreated? Idk but I think this kind of data shows how careful we need to be when treating people with mental disorders such as anxiety and depression or even how we approach our own friends who are shrouded by pessimism.