Researchers used optogenetics techniques to stimulate specific brain areas to increase neurogenesis and the production of neural stem cells to improve memory, cognition, and emotional processing in animal models.
Study sheds light on how the brain processes emotions during dream sleep by consolidating positive emotions while dampening the consolidation of negative emotions. The findings could pave the way for new treatments for PTSD and other disorders associated with negative emotional processing.
Heavy drinkers and those at risk of alcohol use disorder show reduced communication between brain areas associated with social and emotional processing.
Researchers have developed a new tool, dubbed PerCEIVED Task, which assesses how accurately people can recognize specific emotions in elementary school-aged children.
Brain connectivity at birth may impact emotional processing and social development later in childhood, especially in children born preterm. Researchers found children born preterm with a weaker uncinate fasciculus, the white-matter tract that connects brain regions associated with emotional processing, were more likely to interpret situations in a negative light.
A new study reveals sex differences in the way those with alcohol use disorder process facial emotions. Men with AUD showed greater activation in frontal brain areas when processing facial emotions. The increased activation was not seen in women with AUD.
Specific brain regions respond in opposing ways when exposed to emotional stimuli associated with loneliness and wisdom.
Researchers investigate how laughter improves both mental and physical well-being.