Tag Psychiatry

Depression saps endurance of the brain’s reward circuitry

A new study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison suggests that depressed patients are unable to sustain activity in brain areas related to positive emotion.

Study: Can meditation sharpen our attention?

A new study at the University of Wisconsin–Madison suggests that people can train their minds to stay focused.

Curiosities: Why do people like to scare themselves by watching horror movies or going on thrill rides?

First of all, it’s important to remember that many people don’t enjoy these experiences, said Jack Nitschke, a UW–Madison professor of psychiatry and psychology.

Professor to be featured on ABC’s 20/20 tonight, Jan. 11

Richard Davidson, the Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, will be featured on ABC’s 20/20 program tonight, Jan. 11, 2008.

Brain scans show meditation changes minds, increases attention

For hundreds of years, Tibetan monks and other religious people have used meditation to calm the mind and improve concentration. This week, a new study shows exactly how one common type of meditation affects the brain.