With The Flick Of A ‘Switch’ Researchers Alter Mental Status Of Mice

Last night you couldn’t get to sleep until the wee hours, and today you can’t seem to concentrate on anything. You know the two are related, but how? A new study led by NYU Langone Medical Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The findings, published in Cell, may represent a breakthrough in understanding how the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) – a vital part of the brain — influences consciousness.

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