Bringing psychiatric neuroscience to teachers

midfulness adolescence

Last October 29th, the Synapsy clinical researcher, Camille Piguet, took part in a day of in-service training for teachers at the Collège du Léman. Each year, the teachers of this international school, which covers the levels from primary school to federal maturity, choose Read more…


Researchers find dominant men can make decisions faster

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Men who exhibit high social dominance make faster decisions than low-dominance men even outside a social context, finds a large behavioral study from EPFL. Hierarchies exist across all human and animal societies, organized by what behavioral scientists refer to as Read more…


Targeting a brain mechanism could treat aggression and violent behavior

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EPFL neuroscientists have identified a brain mechanism that is linked to aggression and violent behavior, potentially forming the basis for treating aggression in several psychiatric disorders. Violence, which, needless to say, are destructive to both individuals and societies worldwide: death, Read more…


Parent’s tough childhood can cast shadow across generations

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When a parent has suffered abuse or other adversities as a child, their children may be more prone to mood and behavior problems, a new study suggests. Their kids were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Read more…


The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories

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Neuroscientists at EPFL have located the cells that help reprogram long-lasting memories of traumatic experiences towards safety, a first in neuroscience. The study is published in Science. Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress Read more…


The fascinating quest for neuronal origins

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Confocal microscopy image showing the embryonic preoptic region, sitting on the brain floor. Cortical neurogliaform cells come from this region that borders the third ventricle (middle, in black), marked by the expression of the transcription factor HMX3 (in red). Researchers Read more…


Synapsy conference highlighted at UNIGE

Journal UNIGE no 140 cover

In the UNIGE-Journal no 140, two articles regarding Synapsy : “A baby is not a blank page” Psychologists now have tools to better understand how babies develop cognitive and affective skills, paving the way for earlier, more targeted treatment of Read more…


Low-dose diazepam can increase social competitiveness

Anxiety

EPFL scientists have discovered how low-dose anxiolytics increase the social competitiveness of high-anxious individuals by boosting the energy output of mitochondria in an area of the mammalian brain that controls motivation and reward. Psychologists speak of anxiety in two forms: Read more…


How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress

mice in nest

EPFL scientists have identified rank in social hierarchies as a major determining factor for vulnerability to chronic stress. They also show that energy metabolism in the brain is a predictive biomarker for social status as well as stress vulnerability and Read more…