Summary #958

Kids with depressed parents have different brains
  • Analysis of brain images from over 7,000 children shows that kids who have a depressed parent also have a differently structured part of the brain.
  • Their right putamen (brain area linked to reward, motivation, pleasure) is smaller than in kids whose parents don’t have depression.
  • The children will be followed for 10 years, allowing scientists to study how this influences their development.
  • In particular, they can see if a smaller putamen leads to depression, or is a general factor for other mental diseases.


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