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Science News from 2002

Mimicking Brain’s “All Clear” Quells Fear in Rats

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National Institute of Mental Health

Researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have discovered a high tech way to quell panic in rats.

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NIMH Study Finds Anti-Psychotic Medication Useful in Treating Serious Behavioral Problems among Children with Autism

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National Institute of Mental Health

One of a newer class of anti-psychotic medications was successful and well tolerated for the treatment of serious behavioral disturbances associated with autistic disorder in children ages 5 to 17.

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Gene May Bias Amygdala Response to Frightful Faces

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National Institute of Mental Health

The amygdala, the brain structure known as the hub of fear, responds differently to pictures of scary faces, depending on which version of a gene one has inherited, report National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) scientists.

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Brain Signal Boosts as Monkey Nears Reward

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National Institute of Mental Health

Delaying gratification while working toward a goal appears to have roots in a specific brain circuit.

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$6 Million Grant to Expand Search for Autism Genes

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National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) today awarded the first installment of an expected $6 million grant over 5 years to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for major expansion of a collaborative effort to identify autism genes.

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