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Brain ‘fingerprinting’: a whole-system perspective into psychiatric conditions

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In the past, research on the biological origins of psychiatric illnesses has focused on individual diagnostic categories that are studied in isolation. However, there is mounting evidence indicating that normally distinct psychiatric diagnoses are not separated by clear neurobiological boundaries.

Researchers from McLean Hospital (MA, USA) and Yale University (CT, USA) have published findings of their study of large-scale systems in the brain, which could improve our understanding of the symptoms and causes of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses.

According to lead author, Justin Baker (McLean Hospital), the study “took a birds-eye view to look into the ways large-scale systems in the brain interact with one another.”

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