Sound changes the way rodents sense touch

The brain assigns sensory information from the eyes, ears and skin to different regions: the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex. However, it is clear that there are anatomical connections between these cortices such that brain activation to one sense can influence brain activation to another. A new study by the laboratory of Associate Professor Shoji Komai at the […]

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Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills

Anticipation is often viewed as an emotional experience, an eager wait for something to happen. Inside the brain, the act of anticipating is an exercise in focus, a neural preparation that conveys important visual, auditory or tactile information about what’s to come. Now, brain research among 6- to 8-year-old children from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain […]

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