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Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals - David Anderson

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Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications -- that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

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How will developments in the understanding of neural circuits change the way we regard and treat individuals with psychiatric disorders?
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