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NEURAL CIRCUITS

A new player in neural circuits of emotions

Positive and negative valence are encoded in specific neural populations of the basolateral amygdala, but only few of these populations have been characterized. A new study identifies a novel population, defined by the molecular marker Fezf2, and demonstrates that two of its output pathways differentially encode emotional valence.

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Fig. 1: Divergent signaling for positive and negative valence in Fezf2-expressing neurons in the amygdala.

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Ju, A., Beyeler, A. A new player in neural circuits of emotions. Nat Neurosci 24, 1506–1507 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-021-00945-y

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