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Relationship therapy: Brain signals show that mediation works

Relationship therapy: Brain signals show that mediation works

Having a referee intervene when couples argue improves the outcome of the confrontation – at least in the laboratory. Brains scans revealed that the intervention by a mediator is also linked to heightened activity in key regions of the brain belonging to the reward circuit – suggesting that opening the argument to guided resolution sets off a neural “thank God for that” response in the combatants.

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