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The effect of environmental factors on neurobiology and depressive symptoms: A narrative review

Project by Polygence alum Siri

The effect of environmental factors on neurobiology and depressive symptoms: A narrative review

Project's result

Siri wrote a review paper.

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Summary

Depression and anxiety are among the leading mental illnesses in America, however, their root cause remains relatively unclear in terms of neurological function. This review paper aims to explore how certain environmental factors, specifically the physical environment, stress, familial interactions and relationships, and social relationships, can affect neurological function in the brain, and possibly increase symptoms of depression and risk for depression. Future directions are also discussed with respect to whether there are certain changes or improvements that can be made to our environments in order to preserve and maintain healthy neurological function, reducing the likelihood of developing mental illnesses.

Ellie

Ellie

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Subjects

Psychology, Social Science, Neuroscience

Expertise

projects that examine emotion regulation from a mental health perspective

Review of mentor

Ellie helped me through every step of the way, and I really appreciate that.

Siri

Siri

Student

School

Lexington High School

Graduation Year

2024

Project review

I was able to connect with my mentor, and was guided through the whole process which was really beneficial.