Researchers find dominant men can make decisions faster

boss shouting

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

brain targetting

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…


Carmen Sandi appointed President of FENS

sandi president

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies has appointed EPFL Professor Carmen Sandi as its President. FENS has appointed EPFL Professor Carmen Sandi as its new President. Professor Sandi directs the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute. Her 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…


Prof. Carmen Sandi nominated President-elect of the FENS

Carmen Sandi FENS nomination

  On July 2, 2016, Prof. Carmen Sandi, Director of the Brain Mind Institute at the School of Life Sciences, EPFL, was elected President-elect (term as President starting in 2018) of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) in the Read more…


Hierarchy in animals: Anxiety can kill your social status

Anxiety cells

Mitochondria in the neurons of the nucleus accumbens. Neuroscientists at EPFL identify a brain region that links anxious temperament to low social status. The researchers were able to tweak social hierarchy in animals by using vitamin B3. There are important Read more…


Professor Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015

Carmen Sandi

Prof. Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015. On June 22nd, she had the opportunity to give this year’s Valkhof Lecture, entitled: “The stressed social brain: from rodents to humans”. The Executive Board of Radboud university medical center Read more…


Two young researchers awarded at the 2nd DNF Symposium

Best poster reward

P. Bezzi, C. Bellone, F. Petrelli, S. Habbas During the 2nd DNF Symposium held at the DNF/CHUV, two young scientists working within the NCCR Synapsy received the 1st and 2nd poster prizes : Samia Habbas (Prof. Volterra lab) and Francesco Read more…