NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Explains How Neurons Differentiate Between Positive and Negative Associations
NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Dr. Kay Tye, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provided a mechanistic explanation characterizing how neurons in the amygdala – the part of the brain responsible for memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions – differentiate between positive and negative associations.
The ability for an organism to differentiate between negative and positive situations or outcomes is critical for survival. In addition, defects or errors in this process may underlie many psychiatric diseases. This research was published in Nature.