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Depression

06 April 2010

Brain Glitch May Raise Some Girls' Odds of Depression

Study finds neural deficit in processing rewards and pleasure

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Compared with girls in the low-risk group, those in the high-risk group had weaker neural responses during both anticipation and receipt of the reward. Specifically, the high-risk girls showed no activation in an area of the brain called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, believed to play a role in reinforcing past experiences to assist learning.

 

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