Neurophysiological Hub of Pessimism and Depression? (BBC News / PNAS / Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience)


Researchers may have identified an area of the brain involved in the prediction of things about to go wrong or end unpleasantly. The habenula might be involved in depression; hyperactivity in this brain region may be associated with the pessimism found in depression.

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Mundasad, S. (2014). ‘Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression’. London: BBC Health News, July 29th 2014.

This relates to:

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Lawson, RP. Seymour, B. [and] Loh, E. [et al] (2014). The habenula encodes negative motivational value associated with primary punishment in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. July 28th 2014. [Epub ahead of print].

Possibly also of interest:

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Tomaiuolo, M. Gonzalez, C. [and] Medina, JH. [et al] (2014). Lateral Habenula determines long-term storage of aversive memories. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, May 13th 2014, 8, pp.170. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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