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Could mental math boost emotional health?

(Duke University) Engaging the brain's dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DL-PFC) while doing mental math may be connected with better emotional health, according to Duke researchers. Although they seem unrelated, doing 'cold' calculations and regulating 'hot' emotions both rely on similar mental gymnastics: the ability to manipulate and update information. Increased DL-PFC activity has been associated with fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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