Psychology & Psychiatry

Inflammatory process alteration accompanies opioid use disorder

Prevalence rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) have increased dramatically, accompanied by a surge of overdose deaths—nearly 50,000 in the U.S. in 2019. While opioid dependence has been extensively studied in preclinical ...

Neuroscience

Brain activity foreshadows changes in stock prices

Forecasting changes in stock prices may be possible with the help of brain activity in regions associated with how people feel before making investment choices. Scientists could accurately forecast market price changes based ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Highly specific synaptic plasticity in addiction

Addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD), is a complex neurological condition that includes drug-seeking behavior among other cognitive, emotional and behavioral features. Synaptic plasticity, or changes in the way neurons ...

Neuroscience

New tool for watching and controlling neural activity

A new molecular probe from Stanford University could help reveal how our brains think and remember. This tool, called Fast Light and Calcium-Regulated Expression or FLiCRE (pronounced "flicker"), can be sent inside any cell ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Nucleus accumbens recruited by cocaine, sugar are different

Nucleus accumbens in the brain play a central role in the risk-reward circuit. Their operation is based chiefly on three essential neurotransmitters: dopamine, which promotes desire; serotonin, whose effects include satiety ...

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