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Is the sense of self a threat to well-being?: The default mode network and self-related processing in depression and meditation
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This literature review examines the default mode network (DMN) and how its role in self related processing and narrative selfhood relates to well-being. The essay explores the DMN in three levels of activity: Firstly in normal function, where mind-wandering is positively correlated with dissatisfaction; Secondly its abnormal function in depression, characterized by excessive activity and rumination; Thirdly in its arguably improved function during mindfulness and meditation, where lower activity is associated with higher well-being, decreased mind-wandering and altered sense of self. The essay shows a relationship between the DMN and well-being, where higher activity correlates with lower well-being.

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2020. , p. 62
Keywords [en]
Default mode network, DMN, well-being, mind-wandering, the narrative self, mindfulness, meditation, depression
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Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-19087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-19087DiVA, id: diva2:1469813
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Consciousness Studies - Philosophy and Neuropsychology
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Available from: 2020-09-22 Created: 2020-09-22 Last updated: 2020-09-22Bibliographically approved

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