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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (7): 1042-1049.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01042

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The cognitive neural mechanism of depressive rumination

YANG Yingkai1; LIU Yanling1,2   

  1. (1 Research Center of Mental Health Education & The Lab of Metal Health and Social Adaption, Faculty of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China; 2 Key Laboratory for NeuroInformation of Ministry of Education & School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, China)
  • Received:2015-08-24 Online:2016-07-15 Published:2016-07-15
  • Contact: LIU Yanling, E-mail:


Depressive rumination is the focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions. It is characterized by excessive concern about negative affect, deficits in cognitive control and maladaptive self-reference process. Based on these cognitive characteristics, recent fMRI evidence showed that the neural mechanisms of depressive rumination were associated with amygdale, prefrontal cortex (PFC) and default mode network (DMN). Future studies should focus on the brain region mediating subtype of depressive rumination, gene, as well as providing useful interventions.

Key words: depressive rumination, cognitive mechanism, neural mechanism