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…


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…


Sleepwalkers are better at automatic walking

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Sleepwalkers who are awake may have a multi-tasking advantage over non-sleepwalkers, according to recent research that uses virtual reality. Try counting backwards from 200 in steps of 7 while walking en-route to your favorite café. Chances are, you will slow Read more…


Mental Health Science Award to Dr. Johannes Gräff

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Mental Heath Science was very proud to announce the winners of their 2015 Fellows Awards. This is the third year of the MQ’s annual Fellows Award programme, which supports the next generation of research leaders across scientific disciplines and countries. Read more…


A novel pathway between stress and cognition

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A team of neuroscientists from EPFL, MIT and Stanford uncovered a new stress-related mechanism involved in memory deterioration. In ever faster moving societies, an increasing number of people is becoming affected by the short- and long-term consequences of chronic stress. Read more…


Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms

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Prof. Carmen Sandi has published a review article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience on stress and the social brain. As noted in a review article by Carmen Sandi (> LGC lab), from the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL and József Haller, Read more…


How chronic stress tears us apart

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Chronic stress can lead to behavioral problems. Prof Carmen Sandi’s team has discovered an important synaptic mechanism: the activation of a cleaving enzyme, leading to these problems. Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, Read more…


An innovative way to reduce traumatic memories

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In a recent meta-analysis, Johannes Gräff (lab), project leader at NCCR-Synapsy and at the Brain Mind Institute (EPFL) and Li-Huei Tsai from the MIT review the existing literature about long-term traumatic memories. They find that these memories are extremely resistant Read more…


Carmen Sandi awarded the Behavioral Brain Research Prize

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Carmen Sandi, project leader on the “Developmental stress” project of Synapsy and head of the Brain Mind Institute (EPFL), received the Behavioral Brain Research Prize last Sunday. On the occasion of the biannual Forum 2014 of the FENS-Federation of the Read more…