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Cerebellum Found To Activate The Ventral Tegmental Area

The brain’s cerebellum, long believed to be mainly involved in coordinating movement, helps control the brain’s reward circuitry, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine report. The finding suggests that the cerebellum plays a major role in reward processing and social behaviors and could potentially lead to new strategies for treating addiction. “The notion that […]

Inter-individual Variance In Cerebellar Functional Networks Exceeds Cortex

Overlooking the cerebellum is a mistake, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say. Their recent findings suggest that the cerebellum has a hand in every aspect of higher brain functions — not just movement, but attention, thinking, planning and decision-making. Located inconveniently on the underside of the brain and initially thought […]

Functional Neural Signature An Early Warning Sign Of Psychosis

Brains of people at risk of psychosis show a pattern that can help predict whether they will go on to develop full-fledged schizophrenia, a new Yale-led study indicates. The findings could help doctors begin early intervention therapies for those most likely to develop the disabling disorder. Using fMRI images of people who exhibit features indicating […]

Cerebellar Ataxia Link To Elongator Gene Mutation Identified

A gene mutation causing Purkinje cell degeneration and ataxia-like symptoms in a mouse model has been identified by a team of scientists. The team, led by Dr Marija Kojic and Professor Brandon Wainwright from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and Dr Sebastian Glatt from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, made the findings […]

Cerebellar Neuromodulation Provides Insight Into Autism Behaviors

New research from the O’Donnell Brain Institute provides the first evidence that a specific part of the cerebellum, a region near the brain stem that has long been thought to only have roles in coordinating movement, is critical for autistic behaviors. The findings also establish a more accessible target for brain stimulation than many autism-related […]