When exposed to auditory stimulation, visual areas of the brain decreased in activity. Findings suggest sound can strongly draw attention away from what we are looking at.
Exposure to antidepressants during the first few weeks of pregnancy has long term implications for sensory processing in the offspring.
Study tracks how and where zebrafish brains transform the movement of the environment into a decision that causes the fish to swim in a specific direction.
People with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations have greater activation in specific areas of the auditory cortex in response to sound frequencies. The mapping of sound frequency in the auditory cortex is scrambled in those with schizophrenia, suggesting a disruption in the normal processes for organized sound representation in the brain. As the tonotopic map is established during infancy and remains stable throughout life, the findings suggest vulnerability for auditory hallucinations is linked to defects in the organization of the auditory system during infantile development. This precedes speech development and the onset of psychiatric symptoms.
An asymmetric coupling between the peripheral visual and olfactory sensory systems allows for enhanced steering response to discrete objects in mosquitos.
Automated robotic technology allows researchers to identify new pathways activated when the brain rewires circuits in response to experience.
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Sensory processing difficulties associated with ASD, ADHD, and PTSD often result in 'meltdown' behaviors. While researchers are making headway into discovering the mechanisms behind sensory dysfunction, many in society do not understand the implications of the disorder. Researchers tackle how to prevent meltdowns associated with sensory processing disorders, and consider how social inclusion can help break the stigma.
The direction of information flow and instant synchronization of the sensory thalamocortical circuit play critical roles in sensory perception.
A new study reveals we are consciously aware of and automatically attend to our own face, even when we are not aware of it.