Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons

Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.

Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.

Mental Illness
Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Amanda Heidt | Sep 21, 2020
A study in people fails to detect differences in the brain’s response to fear or anxiety, long thought to be controlled by different neural circuits.
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.
Opinion: The Best Neuroscience Books of 2019
Opinion: The Best Neuroscience Books of 2019
James Dolbow | Dec 18, 2019
Bury your nose in tales of neurosyphilis, gender identity, the medical mysteries of sleep disorders, and more.
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2019
A meta-analysis of more than 80 studies from the past four decades finds weak evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa
Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 15, 2019
Some variants implicated in the disease are also linked to other psychiatric disorders.
Former Head of NIMH, Lewis Judd, Dies
Former Head of NIMH, Lewis Judd, Dies
Kerry Grens | Jan 14, 2019
The UCSD psychiatry researcher championed the concept of mental illness as a neurobiological condition and helped form the US government’s Decade of the Brain initiative.
Examining Grad Student Mental Health
Examining Grad Student Mental Health
Abby Olena | Nov 1, 2018
Some academic institutions are beginning to complement the work of student organizations in addressing mental health problems in graduate school.
Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests
Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests
Shawna Williams | May 29, 2018
Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Daniela Carulli | Apr 1, 2018
The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.
Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net
Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net
Daniela Carulli | Mar 31, 2018
See the web of proteins that make up these neuronal wrappings.
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Shawna Williams | Nov 12, 2017
Presentations at the Society for Neuroscience meeting point to changes in neurons and connectivity between brain regions as potential components of the enigmatic condition.
How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior
How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior
Amy Lewis | Sep 1, 2017
Researchers are piecing together the links between the gut microbiome and mental health.
Different Brains, Similar Wiring
Different Brains, Similar Wiring
Tanya Lewis | Jul 22, 2016
The brains of primates and mice follow the same exponential rule of connectivity, according to a study.
Study: Influence of Genetics on Mental Health Depends on Environment
Study: Influence of Genetics on Mental Health Depends on Environment
Tanya Lewis | Jul 20, 2016
The same genes can make people more sensitive to their experiences, “for better of for worse,” psychologists argue.
Zika Update
Zika Update
Kerry Grens | Feb 19, 2016
Virus found in amniotic fluid; scientists consider links to mental illness, global warming, dengue, and Guillain-Barré syndrome
Logically Illogical
Logically Illogical
Eliezer J. Sternberg | Jan 1, 2016
The most bizarre behaviors often make perfect sense in the minds of the mentally ill.
Book Excerpt from <em>NeuroLogic</em>
Book Excerpt from NeuroLogic
Eliezer J. Sternberg | Dec 31, 2015
In the introduction to the book, author Eliezer J. Sternberg illustrates what can happen when the brain’s processing centers are damaged.
NIMH Head Leaves
NIMH Head Leaves
Kerry Grens | Sep 16, 2015
Thomas Insel, the director for the National Institute of Mental Health, will work for Google Life Sciences on the prevention and detection of mental diseases.
Oliver Sacks Dies
Oliver Sacks Dies
Kerry Grens | Aug 31, 2015
The neurologist and author had written about his recent experiences being “face to face with dying.”