fMRI and the Neural Bases of Depression and Anxiety

A growing body of research is demonstrating that depressed and anxious people differ from their non-disordered peers both in the volume of specific brain structures and in their patterns of neural activation as they process emotional stimuli. We are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine patterns of brain activation that characterize the functioning of depressed and anxious individuals as they process emotional information and respond to various types of positive and negative stimuli, and at rest in the scanner.