One of the last sessions of the meeting featured talks about oxytocin treatment for schizophrenia. Popularly known as a “trust hormone” oxytocin enhances social behavior, but a checkered pattern of results suggests that oxytocin may help the most in a therapeutic alliance with targeted social skill training.
Read this meeting report at Schizophrenia Research Forum.
Two brain imaging studies of people with schizophrenia find abnormal activity in the amygdala and the midbrain — brain regions underneath the oft-studied cortex. Inappropriate activity in these regions could impair emotion perception or underlie delusions.
Read this article at Schizophrenia Research Forum.
Where do our emotions come from? Scientists addressed this long-standing philosophical question using revolting videos. As reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, they found that heart rate and stomach contractions can form the basis of two kinds of disgust.
Read this article at Scientific American Mind.