What the distinctive brains of resilient people can teach us
Knowing the neurobiological reasons for resilience could open a myriad of opportunities. Laura Moreno-López, a Wolfe Health Neuroscience Fellow and Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, recently led research on people's responses to traumatic events. The results were able to "complement earlier brain-based research suggesting that resilient people have greater neural connectivity between parts of their prefrontal cortex and emotional brain regions; that they display lower hippocampal activation in response to emotional facial expressions; and that their amygdalae habituate more efficiently to stress." In this piece for Psyche magazine, she explains the very positive implications of their discovery.