Episode 12 – Optogenetics and anxiety-related behaviors, with Kay Tye.

What is optogenetics and how is it used to determine the contribution of brain areas to normal and dysfunctional behaviors? We discuss with Kay Tye, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at MIT.

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Kay Tye

“0:18” Introduction
“1:14” Optogenetics
“1:45” The dual-process theory of moral judgments and the Trolley Problem.
“8:39” What is resting state brain imaging?
“9:25” Anxiety and fear.
“15:35” Relations between anxiety behaviors and the amygdala.
“22:45” How does optogenetics work in practice?
“24:51” Can optogenetics lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments?
“28:25” How is the virus inserted into cells for optogenetics?
“35:04” In which sense is are electrical signals transmitted in neurons?
“36:02” What is morality and are animals moral agents?
“36:53” TTX: a toxin used by neuroscientists to temporarily block sodium channels in neurons.
“39:07” How did Kay Tye get interested in neuroscience? Can neuroscience find all answers to the questions relating to mind and behavior?

Guests on the episode: Kay Tye, Diana L. Xie, Steven Miller, Jean-François Gariépy.

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