People with anxiety disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often experience prolonged and exaggerated fearfulness. Now, an animal study suggests that this might involve disruption of a gradual shifting of brain circuitry for retrieving fear memories. 529 more words
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Using light to produce natural sleep patterns
Researchers use optogenetics to trigger REM sleep in mice.
Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent…
While this technique may be considered physically non-invasive, it would be considered psychologically invasive if a similar technique was ever developed for use in humans. That is the worrisome aspect of some of these otherwise fascinating new techniques. 494 more words
Scientists’ gaining the ability to control neurotransmission has rather scary potential for misuse.
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Public Release: 24-Dec-2014 Optogenetics captures neuronal transmission in live mammalian brain…