Emotions and the Brain

Sharon Begley, science journalist at Reuters and Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who co-wrote The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them, talk about their discoveries about emotions and the brain and the implications for treatment.

The six elements that comprise your emotional style.

Resilience: how slowly or quickly you recover from adversity

Outlook: how long you are able to sustain positive emotion

Social Intuition:  how adept you are at picking up social signals from the people around you

Self Awareness: How well you perceive bodily feelings that reflect emotions

Sensitivity to Context:  how good are you at regulating your emotional responses to take into account the social context you find yourself in

Attention: how sharp and clear your focus is