Researchers have discovered a connection between a lack of ovarian hormones and changes in the nucleus accembens following menopause.
Opiate exposure causes synaptic rewiring in the nucleus accumbens in addition to decreasing dendritic spines. The findings shed light into the neurobiology of opiate relapse.
The orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) appears to play a significant role in our ability to make decisions. A network connecting the OFC and nucleus accumbens translates negative outcomes into values, while the OFC-amygdala circuit helps stabilize action values.
Researchers suggest a method of biologically manipulating neural circuitry could lead to a new pharmacological approach which could weaken cocaine withdrawal.
By optimizing neurons with CRISPR gene editing technology, researchers will have new ways to study genetic influences on brain health and disease, a new study reports.
Findings about how early life social stress affect brain connections in mice may have implications for treating human psychiatric illnesses.
Researchers identify a central gatekeeping system they believe is implicated in both chronic pain and tinnitus.
Targeting the nucleus accumbens by using deep brain stimulation could modify specific eating behaviors linked to weight changes and obesity, a new study suggests.