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Resilience in cognitive neuroscience: The 'Ordinary Magic' of human recovery
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Resilience is a dynamic process that reflect individual ability to successfully recover and positively adapt to severe circumstances. In this essay, attachment, social support, self- regulation and affective processing, taken from the "shortlist of resilience" provided by Masten, are further analyzed and connected to findings within neuroscience. The result suggest that brain areas originated from the prefrontal cortex, such as orbitofrontal and dorsolateral cortex, are two major neural correlates to attachment and stress- and self- regulation. The amygdala is also an area of interest, because of its’ connection to emotions and affective memories. Research on affective style suggest that the functions associated with the prefrontal cortex are dampening the effect of the amygdala, which later supports resilience and recovery. The area of resilience is suffering from a lacking general definition, measurement and operationalization, which is argued to be the major challenge of this research area. Prominent researchers prospect that resilience research will continue to flourish within the area of neuroscience, and that further discoveries will be made concerning how this cognitive ability is related to structural and functional differences in the brain.

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2018. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
Resilience, recovery, stress, positive psychology, affective style, emotion regulation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-15568OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-15568DiVA, id: diva2:1218074
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Psychological Coach
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Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2018-06-28Bibliographically approved

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