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Researchers locate predictive center of the brain

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BOSTON, June 2 (UPI) -- Rather than reacting to stimuli, the human brain makes predictions about the things you see, hear, touch and smell, and researchers have now identified the part of the brain responsible for this.

Limbic parts of the brain send but do not receive predictions, leading researchers to believe that limbic tissues don't react to external stimulation, rather they direct processing in the brain by sending predictions to the other parts of the cortex.


"What your brain is trying to do is guess what the sen­sa­tion means and what's causing the sen­sa­tions so it can figure out what to do about them," said Lisa Feldman Barrett, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University, in a press release.



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