Saturday, January 02, 2016

Musing: Linking Executive Control and Emotional Response A Training Procedure to Reduce Rumination

Dean Reinke
Deans' Stroke Musing
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This sounds exactly like what survivors need to  stop focusing on negative thoughts. What protocol is your doctor creating to solve this problem?  And if you had less damage because your doctor had prevented the neuronal cascade of death I bet you would be less likely to focus on negative thoughts.

Linking Executive Control and Emotional Response A Training Procedure to Reduce Rumination

by Noga Cohen¹, Nilly Mor², Avishai Henik¹
  1. Department of Psychology and the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  2. School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Noga Cohen, Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel E-mail:
Nilly Mor, School of Education, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel E-mail:

Author Contributions N. Cohen and N. Mor developed the experimental design. Data collection was performed by N. Cohen and by three undergraduate research assistants. Data analysis was performed by N. Cohen under the supervision of N. Mor. The article was drafted by N. Cohen and N. Mor and A. Henik provided critical revisions. All authors approved the final version of the article for submission.


Rumination, a maladaptive self-reflection, is a risk factor for depression, thought to be maintained by executive control deficits that impair ruminators’ ability to ignore emotional information. The current research examined whether training individuals to exert executive control when exposed to negative stimuli can ease rumination. A total of 85 participants were randomly assigned to one of two training conditions. In the experimental condition activation of executive control was followed predominantly by the presentation of negative pictures, whereas in the control condition it was followed predominantly by neutral pictures. As predicted, participants in the experimental group showed reduced state rumination compared with those in the control group. Furthermore, trait rumination, and particularly its maladaptive subtype brooding, was associated with increased sadness only among participants in the control group, and not in the experimental group. We argue that training individuals to exert executive control when processing negative stimuli can alleviate ruminative thinking and rumination-related sad mood.

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