ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2010)
— A new University of Colorado at Boulder study sheds light on the
brain mechanisms that allow us to make choices and ultimately could be
helpful in improving treatments for the millions of people who suffer
from the effects of anxiety disorders.
In the study, CU-Boulder psychology Professor Yuko Munakata and her
research colleagues found that "neural inhibition," a process that
occurs when one nerve cell suppresses activity in another, is a critical
aspect in our ability to make choices.
"The breakthrough here is that this helps us clarify the question of
what is happening in the brain when we make choices, like when we choose
our words," Munakata said. "Understanding more about how we make
choices, how the brain is doing this and what the mechanisms are, could
allow scientists to develop new treatments for things such as anxiety