It’s Time to Get Cerebral About Trauma – a Neuroscientist Leads the Way

Bhatnagar Prize awardee Vidita Vaidya finds it fascinating how we develop such different ways of responding to trauma despite sharing an identical neurological architecture. Vidita Vaidya. Credit: Nandita Jayaraj/TLoS The Life of Science – Joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust – these emotions were given lives and personalities of their own in last year’s Disney Pixar animation movie Inside Out (2015). These emotions resided in the mind of a young girl, and their emotions’ stories got us thinking about the circuits inside our brain. And Vidita Vaidya’s lab at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, comes as close as possible to a real life Inside Out. Centuries of investigations have given us a clear picture of how the brain coordinates movement, bodily functions and the mechanics of how we perceive sensations…


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