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New neural circuit responsible for strong discomfort discovered in the brain



subthalamic nucleus

The discovery could lead to a better understanding of depression and Parkinson's disease.

Researchers have identified a new neural circuit in the brain which produces a strong sense of discomfort when activated.

The discovery allowed the scientists to show for the first time that the subthalamic nucleus, a structure in the brain that controls voluntary movements, may also play a role in the development of depression.

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