Brain Tissue Thickness and Inflammation Linked to Psychosis

A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites.

Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood, a period of time when the brain is also maturing.

Brain tissue is commonly divided by its appearance on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) into gray and white matter. Gray matter is brain or cortical tissue containing nerve cell bodies, while white matter contains the axons or projections from these nerve cell bodies.

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