New brain region can be targeted for depression
Today’s Video of the Day from EurekAlert explains why a brain region called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) may be a new target for patients with depression.
Stimulation the OFC was found to significantly improve the mood of patients.
“Stimulation induced a pattern of activity in brain regions connected to OFC that was similar to patterns seen when patients naturally experienced positive mood states,” explained Vikram Rao from the University of California, San Francisco.
“Our findings suggest that OFC is a promising new stimulation target for treatment of mood disorders.”
The study is published in the journal Current Biology.
Video Credit: EurekAlert