30 March 2017

Brain Stimulation Improves Schizophrenia

A new study at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine finds that stimulating the cerebellum in rats with schizophrenia-like thinking problems normalizes brain activity in the frontal cortex and corrects the rats’ ability to estimate the passage of time – a cognitive deficit that is characteristic in people with schizophrenia.

Cerebellar interactions with the frontal cortex in cognitive processes has never been shown before in animal models. In addition to showing that the signal travels from the cerebellum to the frontal cortex, the study also showed that normal timing behavior was rescued when the signal was restored.

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