Changes in SWB following injury to different brain lobes

Carrie S. Hayward, Mark A. Stokes, David Taylor, Simon Young, Vicki Anderson

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A neurological substrate for subjective well-being (SWB) has received little research attention. Purpose: This study was designed to conduct exploratory investigation into the neuroanatomical correlates of SWB, by monitoring the SWB of a head-injured population over a six-month period. Method: Seventy people with head injury (HI), aged 10-65, were studied. The SWB of each participant was measured, and computed tomography (CT) scans were analysed to obtain regional brain injury location (BIL). Results: SWB was associated with BIL. However, the hypothesis that individuals with left frontal injury would report lower SWB was not supported. Instead, it was observed that participants with injury to their right frontal lobe reported higher SWB than individuals with injury to other regions of the brain. Conclusions: This study provides initial exploration into the neuroanatomical correlates of SWB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-641
Number of pages13
JournalQuality of Life Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Frontal lobe
  • Happiness
  • Head Trauma
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Quality of life

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