Scientists identify specific brain region and circuits controlling attention

Norepinephrine-producing neurons in the locus coeruleus produce attention focus, impulse control via two distinct connections to prefrontal cortex.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Nov. 3, 2020 ~8 min

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Dopamine primes the brain for enhanced vigilance

Neuroscientists discover a circuit that helps redirect attention to focus on potential threats.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 7, 2018 ~6 min

Neuroscientists get at the roots of pessimism | MIT News

Stimulating the brain’s caudate nucleus generates a negative outlook that clouds decision-making.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 9, 2018 ~6 min

Newly discovered neural connections may be linked to emotional decision-making | MIT News

Researchers suspect cells in this brain circuit could also be targets of Parkinson’s disease.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 19, 2016 ~5 min

Kay Tye receives Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research | MIT News

Neuroscientist recognized by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for project on neural circuits for anxiety control.

Joshua Sariñana | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Aug. 3, 2016 ~3 min

Toward smarter selection of therapy for psychiatric disorders | MIT News

Researchers find that brain scans can predict the success of treatment for social anxiety disorder.

Elizabeth Dougherty | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Aug. 11, 2015 ~7 min

How we make emotional decisions | MIT News

Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that controls decisions that induce high anxiety.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 28, 2015 ~8 min

Crowdsourced tool for depression | MIT News

Peer-to-peer application outperforms conventional self-help technique for easing depression, anxiety.

Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2015 ~9 min

Temple Grandin: Look at what people can do, not what they can’t | MIT News

In talks at MIT, noted behavioral expert suggests encouraging skills of people with autism.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 18, 2015 ~8 min