Chapter 5. Physiological Aspects of Depressive Rumination

  1. Costas Papageorgiou3 and
  2. Adrian Wells4
  1. Greg J. Siegle1 and
  2. Julian F. Thayer2

Published Online: 13 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470713853.ch5

Depressive Rumination: Nature, Theory and Treatment

Depressive Rumination: Nature, Theory and Treatment

How to Cite

Siegle, G. J. and Thayer, J. F. (2003) Physiological Aspects of Depressive Rumination, in Depressive Rumination: Nature, Theory and Treatment (eds C. Papageorgiou and A. Wells), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470713853.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Lancaster, UK

  2. 4

    University of Manchester, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, USA

  2. 2

    Gerontology Research Center, National Institute of Aging, Baltimore, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471486923

Online ISBN: 9780470713853



  • physiological assessment;
  • depressive rumination;
  • emotional stimuli;
  • trait predisposition;
  • monitoring techniques


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Potential Physiological Mechanisms Underlying Depressive Rumination

  • Methods for Detecting Physiological Manifestations of Rumination

  • Neuroimaging of Relationships Between Brain Activity and Rumination

  • Peripheral Physiological Detection of Rumination

  • Cautions on Interpretation of Physiological Measures

  • Some Implications for Treatment

  • Future Directions

  • Summary—tying Rumination and Sustained Processing Together

  • References