Science & neurology

A great divide

Print edition : September 16, 2016

Figure 1: Key areas of the brain that control behaviour. Photo: Stanford University

Figure 2: Neurotransmission at a synapse. Photo: The National Institutes of Health, U.S.

Technological advances in neuroscience such as optogenetics have revolutionised our understanding of the brain’s neural networks and their impact on behavioural patterns. But these advances are yet to make an impact on mental health care because of the cultural divide between neuroscientists and the psychiatric-genetic community, says the neuroscientist Sumantra Chattarji in an interview.
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