Thursday, June 07, 2012

Durer Melancholia

The paper that Michael picked out for the online journal session is an excellent read. One "bonus feature" is an interpretation of Albrecht Durer's engraving Melancholia I. Hasler comments on the engraving:  "The depressed, frustrated mood of a female figure is associated with a half-empty hourglass, implying the running out of time, which is a frequent concern of patients with the inability to experience immediate rewards. Future-orientation seems to be an adaptive response to this inability."

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