Traumatic Memories and Brain Function

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Our prefrontal cortex plays a significant role in managing traumatic memories. Nivedita Agawal, M.D. of the University of Udine in Italy presented his study on the role of the prefrontal cortex in managing traumatic memories. Dr. Agawal used functional MRI to study the activity in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Individuals with traumatic memory issues showed reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex. This study helps us to better understand the brain basis for disorders like PTSD and options for treatment like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Click here to read the summary of the study:
http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/RSNA/12008

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