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Lighting Found to Help Battle Depression

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An Australian study has found valuable information on how different lighting conditions can affect our mood, bolstering research and innovation in reducing mental health symptoms. Led by psychological scientist Elise McGlashan of Monash’s Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, the team discovered that the presence of light changed our neurobiology in a way that made us feel safer. “We’ve all experienced how different it feels to be in an office with huge windows, compared to one which is poorly lit,” McGlashan said. They found this is because light enhances the connection between the amygdala and the brain’s pre-frontal cortex and lowers activity in the amygdala, and “dysfunction in this circuitry is associated with higher anxiety”. Light suppresses the amygdala, the brain’s fear center, helping us relax. Reduced activity of the amygdala is associated with a positive mood and lower anxiety. The institute has used this kind of research to create …

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