Brain circuitry of positive vs negative memories discovered in mice


Prior to the new study, scientists suspected involvement of the circuits ultimately implicated, but were stumped by a seeming paradox. A crossroads of convergent circuits in an emotion hub deep in the brain, thebasolateral amygdala, seem to be involved in both fear and reward learning, but how one brain region could orchestrate such opposing behaviors … Read More

With NIH grant, Kay Tye will take on obesity

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The MIT professor has earned a 2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to further her obesity research. MIT assistant professor of neuroscience Kay M. Tye has studied the brain circuits underlying addiction, anxiety and depression — major problems to the health of individuals and society. Now she wants to apply her training, and her own … Read More