Brain regulation of feeding behaviour traits has remained incompletely understood. In their latest study, researchers at the Turku PET Centre, Finland, discovered a connection between the function of the opioid system and food craving triggered by appetitive external stimuli.
Keyword: brain research
According to a Finnish study, the structure and function of the brain areas involved in emotions and their regulation are altered in both psychopathic criminal offenders and otherwise well-functioning individuals who have personality traits associated with psychopathy.
A Finnish research group has studied how seasons influence the function of the brain. Researchers at the Turku PET Centre showed that the length of daylight affects the opioid receptors, which in turn regulates the mood we experience.
The FinnBrain research of the University of Turku has demonstrated for the first time that the stress the father has experienced in his childhood is connected to the development of the white matter tracts in the child’s brain. Whether this connection is transmitted through epigenetic inheritance needs further research.
Imaging the Twilight Zone − General anesthesia and normal sleep affect brain in an amazingly similar way as consciousness fades
What happens in the brain when our conscious awareness of the surrounding world and of ourselves fades during general anesthesia and normal sleep? This fundamental question was studied with novel experimental designs and functional brain imaging by Finnish scientists. They succeeded in separating the specific changes related to consciousness from the more widespread overall effects, commonly misinterpreted as the neural correlates of consciousness. The effects of anesthesia and sleep on brain activity turned out to be surprisingly similar.
Researchers at the University of Turku have discovered what type of neural mechanisms are the basis for emotional responses to music. Altogether 102 research subjects listened to music that evokes emotions while their brain function was scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study was carried out in the national PET Centre.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Ángel García de Lucas has received Marie Curie Fellowship for the project GABARPET with the objective to gain deeper insight on the biology of schizophrenia.
A new study conducted in Turku reveals how symptoms indicating depression and anxiety are linked to brain function changes already in healthy individuals.
European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Ranks an Article Conducted at Turku as One of the Best in 2019–2020
The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) has nominated an original innovative clinical research article conducted at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital as one of the three best clinical papers of the years 2019–2020. The first author of the article, Specialising Medical Doctor Iftakher Hossain, was also selected for the 3rd position of the Aesculap EANS Research Prize 2020.
Opioids regulate the feelings of pleasure and pain in the brain. A study by the national Turku PET Centre shows that age, sex and smoking influence μ-opioid receptor density in the brain. The results of the study help to better understand the differences between individuals when it comes to neuropsychiatric disorders.