Science Daily: Neuroscientists get at the roots of pessimism

| Posted in Brain Disease, Brain Education, Brain Research

Neuroscientists have shown that stimulating the caudate nucleus can generate negative moods that lead to irrational decision-making. Stimulating the caudate nucleus causes animals to give far more weight to the anticipated drawback of a situation than its potential benefit. Many patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression experience negative moods that lead them to focus on the possible downside of a given situation more than the potential benefit. (August 9, 2018)

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