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Books, Journals, New Media
October 20, 2004

Neurobiology, Emotion

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA ; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1891-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1891

To most observers of modern life, it comes as no surprise when told that our moods and feelings are inextricably woven into the architecture of our brains. Prozac has shown us that depression no longer resides solely within the province of psychoanalysis, but is modulated by the abnormal release of certain neurotransmitters. We’ve witnessed personality changes of the elderly with the progression of dementia. We’ve observed the giddiness that alcohol can bring on. Does this not imply to even the most casual bystander that our moods and dispositions are under the enchantment of our brain’s structure and chemistry?

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