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Reducing the serotonin deficit caused by a breakdown in the passage of serotonin molecules from the presynaptic cell to receptors on the postsynaptic cell has been identified as a successful treatment for clinical depression for many individuals. A new series of drugs, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, prevent the presynaptic cell from re-uptaking serotonin, thereby allowing normal amounts of serotonin to reach the receptors on the postsynaptic cell.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the above statements?

If too much serotonin is released to the receptors, a person will feel extremely euphoric.
Taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor is currently the only successful treatment for clinical depression.
Individuals who have normal levels of serotonin uptake do not run the risk of suffering from depression.
By not taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, individuals with depression run the risk of depleting their serotonin levels.
Taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors reduces the incidence of depression in some people.

Any suggestions on how to approach such questions. I was not able to make much out of this, so just made a informed guess (chose E :-D ) and moved on.
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 17:57
I think its D. The argument is unnecessarily designed as difficult to comprehend. I just read the last line which saya the new drug gives normal supply. So from that I inferred that the old one was either giving more or less, well, not normal! So D looks best to me!
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 18:03
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I also picked E.

Since it is an inference question, the stated inference must be true without the need of an assumption. Looking at the choices, choices B and C look exaggerated, A looks out of scope as it talks about Euphoria. D talks about the scenario when Inhibitors are not taken.

So you are left with E. It is a mild statement (usage of word some) and hence correct choice.

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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 18:03
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Reducing the serotonin deficit caused by a breakdown in the passage of serotonin molecules from the presynaptic cell to receptors on the postsynaptic cell has been identified as a successful treatment for clinical depression for many individuals. A new series of drugs, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, prevent the presynaptic cell from re-uptaking serotonin, thereby allowing normal amounts of serotonin to reach the receptors on the postsynaptic cell.

Slowing down the process of serotonin reduction can treat depression. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors slows down the process and helps treat depression.


Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the above statements?

If too much serotonin is released to the receptors, a person will feel extremely euphoric.
>No relation between serotonin and being euphoric is mentioned. We just don't know this info from the passage.

Taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor is currently the only successful treatment for clinical depression.
>This is one of the successful treatments. Not the ONLY treatment.

Individuals who have normal levels of serotonin uptake do not run the risk of suffering from depression.
>Serotonin is curative, not preventive.

By not taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, individuals with depression run the risk of depleting their serotonin levels.
>Well well well!!! Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor is just one way to help regulate the serotonin deficit, it is not the ONLY inhibitor with such functionality.

Taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors reduces the incidence of depression in some people.
>For sure. Some people(safe word). Inhibitors-Curative. Proven good to treat depression.

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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 11:10
I also picked E.
option A is out of scope.
option B used there was only drug. we dont know this is only one drug.
we cannot infer option c from the argument
option D too extreme.
argument used for "many people" reducing serotin deficit is a successful treatment. option E used "some people" who take the drug is effective in reducing the clinical depression. so we can infer option E from the argument.

answer is E
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 03:06
+1 E

Easy one, except for the tricky vocabulary.
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 02:12
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2011, 22:07
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 00:32
+1 for E.

Classical example of GMAT drawing correlation between "Some" and "Many" :)
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 05:58
Chetangupta wrote:
Reducing the serotonin deficit caused by a breakdown in the passage of serotonin molecules from the presynaptic cell to receptors on the postsynaptic cell has been identified as a successful treatment for clinical depression for many individuals. A new series of drugs, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, prevent the presynaptic cell from re-uptaking serotonin, thereby allowing normal amounts of serotonin to reach the receptors on the postsynaptic cell.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the above statements?

If too much serotonin is released to the receptors, a person will feel extremely euphoric.
Taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor is currently the only successful treatment for clinical depression.
Individuals who have normal levels of serotonin uptake do not run the risk of suffering from depression.
By not taking a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, individuals with depression run the risk of depleting their serotonin levels.
Taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors reduces the incidence of depression in some people.

Any suggestions on how to approach such questions. I was not able to make much out of this, so just made a informed guess (chose E :-D ) and moved on.


Wow wow wow!!! Such a time consuming one. It took me 2 mins to understand why depression is caused and how the new drug treats depression.

Let's do this inference question by POE -
(A) It is not mentioned in argument. Out of scope.
(B) There may other treatments available. Incorrect.
(C) Close one, but a bit extreme.
(D) Same as (C), a bit extreme.
(E) Not-extreme and yes, few people will be relieved on depression.

(E) wins.
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Re: CR inference [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 09:31
the verbiage made the ques look difficult...

E is the answer...reasons well explained above.
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Re: Reducing the serotonin deficit caused by a breakdown in the [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 22:11
E it is.If you take the medicine depression will reduce.Use of word some is to misguide.
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Re: Reducing the serotonin deficit caused by a breakdown in the [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 20:11
I too picked D but on re reading found that it is too extreme. One OF the things that GMAT verbal makes u learn is modesty :p
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