Neuroscience

Neuroscientists identify role of basolateral amygdala neurons

The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a region of the brain that has been almost exclusively studied in the context of fear and emotion. Only recently have researchers begun to question whether the BLA may play a larger, overarching ...

Neuroscience

Dopamine found to be an initiator of REM sleep

A team of researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and Peking University School of Life Sciences, in China, has found an association between the production of dopamine in the basolateral amygdala and the initiation ...

Neuroscience

Compounds block stress-enhanced nicotine intake in rats

Stress is a major cause of relapse after people quit smoking. Worrying situations, such as money or relationship problems, can affect neurotransmitter levels in the brain, leading former smokers to reach for a cigarette. ...

Medical research

Newly discovered memory process influences decision-making

Learned connections between stimuli and reward—like the positive emotions associated with popular brands—have a powerful influence over our future decisions. Scientists have started to discover why.

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