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Contagious depression: Automatic mimicry and the mirror neuron system – A review

Abstract

Contagious depression is a theory proposing that depression can be induced or triggered by our social environment. This theory is based on emotional contagion, the idea that affective states can be transferred during social interaction, since humans can use emotional contagion to communicate feelings and emotions in conscious and unconscious ways. This review presents behavioral, physiological, and neuroanatomical aspects of two essential contagious depression mechanisms, automatic mimicry and the mirror neuron system.

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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0149763421005807?via%3Dihub

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