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Effects of gratitude meditation on neural network functional connectivity and brain-heart coupling

Authors
 Sunghyon Kyeong  ;  Joohan Kim  ;  Dae Jin Kim  ;  Hesun Erin Kim  ;  Jae-Jin Kim 
Citation
 SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Vol.7(1) : 5058, 2017 
Journal Title
 SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 
Issue Date
2017
Abstract
A sense of gratitude is a powerful and positive experience that can promote a happier life, whereas resentment is associated with life dissatisfaction. To explore the effects of gratitude and resentment on mental well-being, we acquired functional magnetic resonance imaging and heart rate (HR) data before, during, and after the gratitude and resentment interventions. Functional connectivity (FC) analysis was conducted to identify the modulatory effects of gratitude on the default mode, emotion, and reward-motivation networks. The average HR was significantly lower during the gratitude intervention than during the resentment intervention. Temporostriatal FC showed a positive correlation with HR during the gratitude intervention, but not during the resentment intervention. Temporostriatal resting-state FC was significantly decreased after the gratitude intervention compared to the resentment intervention. After the gratitude intervention, resting-state FC of the amygdala with the right dorsomedial prefrontal cortex and left dorsal anterior cingulate cortex were positively correlated with anxiety scale and depression scale, respectively. Taken together, our findings shed light on the effect of gratitude meditation on an individual's mental well-being, and indicate that it may be a means of improving both emotion regulation and self-motivation by modulating resting-state FC in emotion and motivation-related brain regions.
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DOI
10.1038/s41598-017-05520-9
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > BioMedical Science Institute (의생명과학부) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Psychiatry (정신과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kyeong, Sung Hyon(경성현)
Kim, Jae Jin(김재진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1395-4562
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/160364
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