So check this out. It turns out that engaging a specific part of the brain during mental math exercises is connected with better emotional health, according to an article in PsyPost. The research may lead to new brain training strategies to ward off depression and anxiety.
In the study the brain activity of 186 undergraduates were analyzed while they were doing math problems from memory. In addition participants filled out questionnaires and interviews assessing their mental health status and coping strategies. The results: the more active a person’s prefrontal cortex was while performing mental math, the more likely he or she was to report being able to adapt their thoughts during emotionally difficult situations.
The researchers plan to collect the same type of data over a longer time period.
Read the full article here.