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Orbitofrontal Cortex Stimulation Improves Mood in Depression Patients

News   Nov 30, 2018 | Original Press Release from the University of California San Francisco

Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression Symptoms

Animation still illustrates the locations of all electrode recording sites used for mapping neural activity linked with natural mood fluctuations in patients awaiting surgery for epilepsy.(All electrodes were temporarily placed in the brain for clinical seizure monitoring purposes, and each patient had a slightly different pattern of electrode placements.) Credit: Chang Lab, UCSF. Animation by Ben Speidel.



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