Brain structure may be root of apathy

Loading video…VIDEO: This MRI imagery shows decision making as part of a study of apathy in healthy people carried out at the University of Oxford. view more When brain scientists at Oxford University studied apathy, they didn’t expect to see less motivated people making more effort. Their results suggest that for some people traditionally perceived as lazy, it’s biology – not attitude – that might be the cause. A team of neuroscientists at Oxford, funded by The Wellcome Trust, decided to study young people to see if there were any differences in the brains of those who were motivated compared to those who were apathetic. Masud Husain, Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, explained: ‘We know that in some cases people can become pathologically apathetic, for example after a stroke or…


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