July 12 2021

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, July 12, 2021

Previous studies of grief processing suggested a Goldilocks effect. Too little conscious focus on the loss meant avoidance and too much focus meant unhealthy rumination. Both of these experiences were connected to “complicated grief.” However, a 2019 article in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging reported a study that brought in a new perspective. Noam Schneck, Ph.D. a psychologist and assistant professor at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, found that the brain actually finds a balance between the two extreme experiences. We’ll talk more next week about how this balance is achieved. 

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