Posted: Aug 13, 2019 2:27 am
by ogger
There is this expression at the textbook I study:

"Studies find that left hemisphere activity is related to movement toward the source of the emotion whereas right hemisphere activity is related to movement away. Thus, higher right hemisphere activity is associated with sadness because depression is essentially an effort to withdraw from whatever is causing the emotion. Higher left hemisphere activity is associated with joy because happiness draws us toward the source of the emotion."

I couldn't understand concept of moving and staying away from the source of emotion. Does it mean that people with higher right cerebral hemisphere activity tend to stay away from being happy? And why sadness is associated with right hemisphere because depression is an effort to withdraw from whatever is causing the emotion? And what is meant by saying emotion here, do we consider all emotions?

I got confused here and I think what author wants to express is not clear. If you have any knowledge about topic would you share?