Networks of Brain Activity Predict Vulnerability to Depression

Networks of Brain Activity Predict Vulnerability to Depression

Summary: A new mouse study discovers different networks of brain activity in animals more susceptible to developing depression following a stressful event. Source: Duke University.

Tapping into the electrical chatter between different regions of the brain may provide a new way to predict and prevent depression, according to new research by Duke University neuroscientists and electrical engineers.

The researchers found different networks of electrical brain activity in mice that were more susceptible to developing depression-like symptoms following stressful events than in more resilient mice.  If replicated in humans, these results could be the first step toward a test to predict a person’s vulnerabilty to developing mental illnesses like depression.

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