Brain pat­tern be­hind bad mood found

The Asian Age - - Science+ Health -

Cell, ● recorded brain ac­tiv­ity for a week or more in hu­man vol­un­teers and linked their day- to- day mood swings to spe­cific pat­terns of brain ac­tiv­ity.

The re­searchers re­cruited 21 pa­tient vol­un­teers with epilepsy who had had 40 to 70 elec­trodes im­planted on the brain's sur­face and in deeper struc­tures of the brain as part of stan­dard prepa­ra­tion for surgery to re­move seizure- caus­ing brain tis­sue.

They recorded a wide range of brain ac­tiv­ity in th­ese pa­tients over the course of seven to 10 days, fo­cus­ing on deep brain struc­tures.

Re­searchers from Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia iden­ti­fied a com­mon pat­tern of brain ac­tiv­ity that may be be­hind those feel­ings of low mood, par­tic­u­larly in peo­ple who have a ten­dency to­wards anx­i­ety

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