Medical research

Researchers uncover brain waves related to social behavior

Researchers at Tohoku University and the University of Tokyo have discovered electrical wave patterns in the brain related to social behavior in mice. They also observed that mice showing signs of stress, depression, or autism ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Immune protein may drive alcoholism relapse

The anxiety that occurs during withdrawal from excessive alcohol use, and contributes to relapse, may be driven in part by the release of an immune protein in the brain, according to a new study from scientists at Scripps ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Using ketamine to find an undiscovered pathway in depression

For the 280 million people suffering from depression globally, relief cannot come fast enough. Monoaminergic antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) take weeks to months to take effect and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Psychedelics: How they act on the brain to relieve depression

Up to 30% of people with depression don't respond to treatment with antidepressants. This may be down to differences in biology between patients and the fact that it often takes a long time to respond to the drugs—with ...

Neuroscience

A brain circuit in the thalamus helps us hold information in mind

As people age, their working memory often declines, making it more difficult to perform everyday tasks. One key brain region linked to this type of memory is the anterior thalamus, which is primarily involved in spatial memory—memory ...

Neuroscience

Social interactions divert the established motivational system

Social interactions are regulated by the neuronal circuits underlying motivated behaviors. These reward circuits involve the brain's ventral tegmental area and its dopaminergic neurons. However, which brain areas convey information ...

Neuroscience

How the brain encodes social rank and 'winning mindset'

If you're reaching for the last piece of pizza at a party and see another hand going for it at the same time, your next move probably depends both on how you feel and whom the hand belongs to. Your little sister—you might ...

Neuroscience

A 'compass' in the brain to navigate thoughts

A new discovery by the University of Trento on the analogies between moving in the physical and conceptual space: the brain has cells that act as a navigation system, but also has cells that function as a sort of compass. ...

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