Why Does Mental Illness Arise? Clues Found in the Visual Brain

Why Does Mental Illness Arise? Clues Found in the Visual Brain

The quality of communication between the parts the brain that process and make sense of vision could be vital for mental health. Poor communication in certain areas of the brain impacts mental health. So concluded a brain imaging study — led by researchers at Duke University in Durham, NC — that is now published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. They discovered that the risk of mental illness rises when the brain's visual cortex does not communicate properly with "higher order" networks that help us to plan and focus on tasks and think about ourselves. The visual cortex is the part...

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