NILCAMP in the NEWS
Lindsay Knight and Leigh Brosof receive the Research and Creative Activities Grant from University of Louisville
Teodora Stoica receives the Next Generation Award!
Dr. Brendan Depue awarded the NARSAD Young Investigator Grant
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Grants provide each scientist funds enabling promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. The goal of the YI program is to help researchers launch careers in neuroscience and psychiatry and gather pilot data to apply for larger federal and university grants.
Detailed information on the foundation and the grant can be found below.
Using Screams to Examine Differences Between Fear and Anxiety in the Human Brain
Work in rodents suggests that the main differentiation lies in the distinct roles of two brain regions, the amygdala and the bed nucleus of the stria-terminalis (BNST), when the animal is experiencing only fear or only anxiety. Based on these findings, the question then becomes: Is it possible that the complexity of human emotion is similarly differentiated between these two structures as it is in rodents?
Importance of controlling for alcohol use when exploring marijuana’s impact on brain structure
You can forget the past
Researchers have confirmed what common wisdom has long held -- that people can suppress emotionally troubling memories -- and said on Thursday they have sketched out how the brain accomplishes this. They said their findings might lead to a way to help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety to gain control of debilitating memories.
Forcing Yourself to Forget
While the old saw says that it is easier to forgive than to forget, new research reveals that the latter may still be possible, even for very emotional memories. Researchers at the University of Colorado worked with 16 subjects to see if they could actively suppress their own memories. To do this, the researchers had subjects memorize 40 pairs of pictures, which were chosen because they provoked emotional responses.