Stimulation of the amygdala of the brain can cause fear, disgust or sadness. And the amygdala is not the only area where emotions are formed.
Research scientists from the University of California in Los Angeles published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
The experiment involved 7 patients with epilepsy who were implanted in the brain electrodes. Scientists watched the brain activity in several areas responsible for emotional response – Orbetello cortex, amygdala, hypothalamus, and in several areas of the frontal and temporal areas of the brain.
Also patients a few days to fill the questionnaire in which specified information about mood changes. Based on the obtained data, the researchers built a model of the relationship between Paterno (set of stereotyped behavioral responses or sequences) of neuronal activity and stimulus.
Stimulation of the amygdala of the brain can cause fear, disgust or sadness
Using this model was able to effectively predict the subjective evaluation of mood, which gave the participants. This method of monitoring mood can be useful for the diagnosis and treatment of affective disorders.
What is affective disorder? It is a mental disorder that manifests itself affective States – manic, depressed and mixed types, in which the patient observed for signs of mania and depression simultaneously (e.g., depression with agitation, anxiety, or euphoria with confusion, the so — called unproductive mania).
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