Neurons that tell good from bad identified

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MIT scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have identified two populations of neurons in the amygdala that process positive and negative emotions.

These neurons relay the information to other brain regions that initiate the appropriate behavioral response, said neuroscientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.

“How do we tell if something is good or bad? Even though that seems like a very simple question, we really don’t know how that process works,” said senior study author Kay Tye, the Whitehead Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. View Original Article»