brain circuits

A 'Common Causal Circuit' in Depression with Possible Therapeutic Implications
If you want to cure an illness, you try to understand its underlying cause or causes, as a precondition for modifying, reducing, or eliminating them. That, in highly simplified terms, is one of the… Read More
Researchers Identify a Neural Signature Centrally Important in Restructuring Negative Self-Beliefs
In a range of psychiatric conditions, notably including depression, eating disorders, and social anxiety disorder, many who suffer have persistent negative beliefs about themselves—for example, that… Read More
Study Indicates Brain Lesions and Treatment Targets in Depression Affect the Same Circuitry, Suggesting New Treatment Possibilities
Researchers have reported that the brain circuitry underlying depression is the same or similar in a wide variety of patients and circumstances, and that it is similar to circuitry affected when… Read More
Researchers Find Brain Circuit That Drives Anxiety
Researchers have identified a neural circuit in the amygdala, the brain’s seat of emotion processing, that gives rise to anxiety. Read More
Using optogenetics to reveal the circuitry of depression in the brain
Stigma persists. Yet we are fortunate to live in an era in which major depression and other serious mental illnesses are considered just that — biologically-based malfunctions of the brain and… Read More