Triggering happy memories, scientifically
(Giving a depressed mouse happy experiences doesn't work, Tonegawa said. Nor does simply reminding it of nicer times. Though in people, psychotherapy that repeatedly reminds someone of the good in their life might have the same benefit, he said.
A Future Treatment for Depression Could be Implanted Light Fibers
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The team of scientists that reversed the depression is led by 1987 Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine, Susumu Tonegawa. The scientists recorded the firing of the male's neurons while being with the female mouse. To test the theory, the male ...
Switching on happy memories 'perks up' stressed mice
Neuroscientists have discovered that artificially stimulating a positive memory can cause mice to snap out of depression-like behaviour. Brain cells storing a good memory were labelled and then later re-activated, after the mice were stressed. "Turning ...
Activating happy memories cheers moody mice
In a study published today (17 June) in Nature, neuroscientist Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge report how they reversed a depression-like state in rodents by using light to stimulate clusters ...