Professor Christian Keysers explains that information is processed by a number of different regions in the brain that are connected by circuits.
Brain circuits are really important for the brain, simply because neurons donâ€™t work in isolation. What allows our brain to process information is the fact that one neuron sends information to the next and so on, and the true connection between the neurons is what matters. So brain circuits (that we can observe with neuroimaging for instance) reflect the fact that a number of different regions connect with each other to work together and treat the information jointly.
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Doctor Ellen Leibenluft explains that neurotransmitters and neuromodulators in the brain are heavily inter-connected and work together as a system.
Professor Christian Keysers explains that mirror neurons in the premotor cortex respond when we perform an action and also when we see someone else perform that action. This is similar to empathy.
Professor Wayne Drevets explains that specific glial cells known as oligodendrocytes may be decreased in the brains of individuals who have bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder.
Professor Christian Keysers explains that mirror neurons can be found in many regions of the brain.
Professor Christian Keysers discusses experiments associating mirror neurons with experiencing and witnessing emotion.
What is the brain doing when it is being asked to do nothing in particular?
Professor Helen Mayberg describes a network of structures linked to depression - the cingulate, hypothalamus, brainstem, and amygdala. These are influenced by frontal and parietal cortices.
An overview of language-related content on Genes to Cognition Online.
Neuroimaging facilitates the precise mapping of specific brain structures. It is important to remember, however, that specific behaviors or emotions rarely map to specific brain areas.
Doctor Larry Young describes how neuropeptides can activate circuits that can change emotions and behaviors.