Emotion is what drives us

Emotion is the expression of what we feel. Emotion takes into account our cognitive abilities and drives our responses under given circumstances. Emotion deals with anxiety / fear, empathy, mood, affect and compulsions, and is subject to physiological stimuli such as hormones and sleep.

Using GABA spectrometry, the levels of this neurotransmitter can be investigated in specific brain nuclei and coupled to the brain’s status. Moreover, it may provide an outlook to the brain’s vulnerability to develop mood disorders such as panic, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. For these purposes, additional spectrometric protocols may be developed to record changes in other neurotransmitter levels as well.

Similar MRI methods are employed in studying obsessive-compulsive behavior such as gambling and drug taking. Moreover, MRI data may guide and monitor progression of subsequent treatment strategies.