Moral grandstanding is the use of public moral discourse for self-promotion and status attainment. If you find yourself in an open discussion of morality or politics to impress others with your superior moral qualities, you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. A new study in PLOS found that grandstanders were more likely to report antagonistic… Read more

What Is Emotion Regulation?Brain circuitry differences that might be associated with suicidal behavior in individuals with mood disorders nave been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Utah Health. The finding[1] provides a promising lead toward tools that can predict which individuals are at the highest risk for… Read more

Stimulation of a brain region called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) reliably produced acute improvement in mood in epilepsy patients who suffered from depression, a new study has found. The effects were not seen in patients without mood symptoms, suggesting that the brain stimulation works to normalize activity in mood-related neural circuitry, the researchers say… Read more

Measuring electrical activity in the brain can help predict a patient’s response to an antidepressant, a new study has found. The results are the first from the Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response for Clinical Care (EMBARC) trial, a national clinical trial begun by UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2012. In the coming months… Read more

Serotonin pathways are more nuanced than previously thought, and the existing view should be updated to incorporate a two-pronged model of how the neurotransmitter acts, researchers from Imperial College London suggest. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps brain cells communicate with one another, plays important roles in stabilizing mood and regulating stress. Despite its importance, current… Read more