The current study investigated the neural correlates of both hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Seventeen students underwent fMRI while cued with written sentences describing three classes of life events: Hedonic events (HE), eudaimonic events (EE) and neutral events (NE). We asked participants to imagine and empathize with all these event types. Results showed that, compared to NE, both HE and EE activated a network involving frontal, temporal and parietal regions, as well as subcortical structures. However, in the HE/EE comparison, HE showed enhanced activity in frontal medial/middle regions and anterior cingulate cortex; by contrast, EE showed increased activity in the right precentral gyrus. Findings suggest that hedonic and eudaimonic happiness activate similar neural correlates. However, both kinds of happiness are also associated with distinctive brain areas serving distinctive functions.

(2019). The neural correlates of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness: An fMRI study [journal article - articolo]. In NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/147680

The neural correlates of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness: An fMRI study

Suardi, Angelo Carlo;Rusconi, Maria Luisa;Sotgiu, Igor
2019-01-01

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The current study investigated the neural correlates of both hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Seventeen students underwent fMRI while cued with written sentences describing three classes of life events: Hedonic events (HE), eudaimonic events (EE) and neutral events (NE). We asked participants to imagine and empathize with all these event types. Results showed that, compared to NE, both HE and EE activated a network involving frontal, temporal and parietal regions, as well as subcortical structures. However, in the HE/EE comparison, HE showed enhanced activity in frontal medial/middle regions and anterior cingulate cortex; by contrast, EE showed increased activity in the right precentral gyrus. Findings suggest that hedonic and eudaimonic happiness activate similar neural correlates. However, both kinds of happiness are also associated with distinctive brain areas serving distinctive functions.
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Costa, Tommaso; Suardi, Angelo Carlo; Diano, Matteo; Cauda, Franco; Duca, Sergio; Rusconi, Maria Luisa; Sotgiu, Igor
(2019). The neural correlates of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness: An fMRI study [journal article - articolo]. In NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/147680
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