Neuroscience

Serotonin and confidence underlie patience in new study

People usually have the ability to put aside the desire for immediate gratification in anticipation of something good. But this isn't just a human trait—a new study shows that mice can be patient, too, revealing a link ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Serotonin promotes perseverance, researchers find

How do increased serotonin levels affect behavior? This is a question that highly interests neuroscientists. Serotonin has multiple functions in the brain, and its effects are not completely understood. Serotonin is at the ...

Neuroscience

These carbon dioxide-sensing neurons wake up mice

Stimulating a population of neurons in the midbrain with carbon dioxide (CO2) awakens adult male mice without enhancing breathing, finds a study published in JNeurosci. These findings are relevant to understanding disorders ...

Neuroscience

How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side ...

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