Brain scanning techniques have revealed details about the underlying emotional traits of a good old age, scientists say.
No matter how painful are regrets, scientists say they can help us take better decisions in the future. However, recent studies revealed that with age, you should give up regrets for having a quiet aging.
To determine if this phenomenon really helps to improve emotional health, scientists have analyzed the images obtained by scanning the brains of three groups of people (one consisting of young wide average of 25 years, another adult and another of adult depressed clinical healthy).
Volunteers have played a game where they had to open boxes. Opening some of the boxes was rewarded with cash prizes and others made the opening game to end without the participant to receive any money. After each opening a box, participants were able to stop the game or continue. At the end of each round, all boxes were opened, allowing subjects to see what could earn.
When depressed young adults have discovered that they lost the chance to win a greater amount of money they risked more in the next round of the game. However, clinically healthy adults have not really changed behavior.
Noting that depressed adults behaved like young people, researchers say, for our emotional well-being, the process of adapting to change and removal of regret seems to be essential.
Similarly, observations made using imaging techniques have shown that certain depressed areas of adult brain function like those of a young, while those of healthy adults have specific operating models, indicating that they are less regret.
Research suggests that healthy adults could use mental strategies to avoid regret, thinking that the game results involving gambling related. In contrast, depressed adults tend to blame for losses. In this context, experts say that to maintain our high levels of emotional health, we may rely on these mental strategies, trying to eliminate regrets about what could have been.
Source: Live Science