One Powerful Cell Makes Or Breaks Your Habits : Study

Summary – Neuroscientists have pinpointed a single type of neuron deep within the brain that serves as a ‘master controller’ of habits. Researcher team found that habit formation boosts the activity of this influential cell and that shutting it down is enough to break unhelpful habits in sugar-seeking mice. The findings may point towards new treatments for addiction or compulsive behavior in humans.

One Powerful Cell Makes Or Breaks Your Habits : Study
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Some habits are helpful, such as automatically washing your hands before a meal or driving the same route to work every day. They accomplish an important task while freeing up valuable brain space.

But other habits like eating a cookie every day after work seems to stick around even when the outcomes aren’t so good.

Duke University neuroscientists have pinpointed a single type of neuron deep within the brain that serves as a “master controller” of habits.

The team found that habit formation boosts the activity of this influential cell and that shutting it down with a drug is enough to break habits in sugar-seeking mice. Though rare, this cell exerts its control through the web of connections to more populous

Though rare, this cell exerts its control through the web of connections to more populous cells are known to drive habitual behavior.

This article is published at Science website ScienceDaily.

Read Original Article Here – http://www.buzzbasement.com/one-powerful-cell-makes-or-breaks-your-habits-study/

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