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 … Read More

Distinct Amygdala Projections Control Opposing Behavioral Outputs

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Monday Night Neuroscience Seminars – Kay Tye, MIT – “Distinct Amygdala Projections Control Opposing Behavioral Outputs” The ability to differentiate between positive and negative environmental stimuli is critical to an animal’s survival. However, the neural circuits that endow the brain with the ability to differentiate positive and negative motivationally significant stimuli have been difficult to … Read More