DOI: 10.17265/2159-5542/2013.06.007
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Gonzalo Munevar, Donna Irvan

Abstract: We will discuss evidence from neuroscience against the hypothesis that depression is cognitively adaptive. A recent version of the notion that depression has adaptive value has been proposed by Andrews and Thomson. Their analytical rumination hypothesis holds that in entering depression an individual is better able to allocate cognitive resources to the very problems that triggered the depressive episode. The result is that depression allows for more analytical and focused thinking about one's most serious per…

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