Reappraisal and Reinterpretation of Experience

An interesting study, reviewed by BPS (a link to original study is embedded in the review for those interested). While the study has noted flaws (they all do :), it is in support of other areas of similar research and I see parallels to fundamental mind-body constructs.
Cognitive reappraisal is intimately linked to self-referential processes and mindfulness constructs. Awareness of the storylines that we tell ourselves about an experience, followed by re-scripting of that story, is associated with top-down neurocognitive processes – capable of influencing attentional and emotional modulation as reflected in, for example, amygdala activity; also capable of influencing pain unpleasantness and intensity.
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Try to view the pain dispassionately, like a scientist studying the experience. By Christian Jarrett

 

 

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