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Psilocybin Relieves Some Treatment-Resistant Depression Cases: Trial
The research has caveats, including side effects and a lack of durability in the benefits of a single dose.
Psilocybin Relieves Some Treatment-Resistant Depression Cases: Trial
Psilocybin Relieves Some Treatment-Resistant Depression Cases: Trial

The research has caveats, including side effects and a lack of durability in the benefits of a single dose.

The research has caveats, including side effects and a lack of durability in the benefits of a single dose.

Mental Illness
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Physician and Geneticist Leon Rosenberg Dies at 89
Andy Carstens | Aug 3, 2022 | 3 min read
He advanced the field of medical genetics, spoke out about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, and captured attention for asserting that scientific evidence failed to demonstrate that life begins at conception.
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Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.
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Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Amanda Heidt | Sep 21, 2020 | 5 min read
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
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020 | 10+ min read
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.
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Opinion: The Best Neuroscience Books of 2019
James Dolbow | Dec 18, 2019 | 4 min read
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
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2019 | 2 min read
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.
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Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 15, 2019 | 2 min read
Some variants implicated in the disease are also linked to other psychiatric disorders.
Former Head of NIMH, Lewis Judd, Dies
Kerry Grens | Jan 14, 2019 | 2 min read
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
Abby Olena, PhD | Nov 1, 2018 | 8 min read
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
Shawna Williams | May 29, 2018 | 1 min read
Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Daniela Carulli | Apr 1, 2018 | 10 min read
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
Daniela Carulli | Mar 31, 2018 | 1 min read
See the web of proteins that make up these neuronal wrappings.
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Shawna Williams | Nov 12, 2017 | 2 min read
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
Amy Lewis | Sep 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Researchers are piecing together the links between the gut microbiome and mental health.
Different Brains, Similar Wiring
Tanya Lewis | Jul 22, 2016 | 1 min read
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
Tanya Lewis | Jul 20, 2016 | 2 min read
The same genes can make people more sensitive to their experiences, “for better of for worse,” psychologists argue.
Zika Update
Kerry Grens | Feb 19, 2016 | 2 min read
Virus found in amniotic fluid; scientists consider links to mental illness, global warming, dengue, and Guillain-Barré syndrome
Logically Illogical
Eliezer J. Sternberg | Jan 1, 2016 | 3 min read
The most bizarre behaviors often make perfect sense in the minds of the mentally ill.
Book Excerpt from NeuroLogic
Eliezer J. Sternberg | Dec 31, 2015 | 4 min read
In the introduction to the book, author Eliezer J. Sternberg illustrates what can happen when the brain’s processing centers are damaged.
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