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Hidden region of the human brain discovered

By T.K. Randall
November 24, 2018 · Comment icon 4 comments



We are still discovering new regions of the brain. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
A neuroscientist has identified a previously unknown part of the brain that appears to be unique to humans.
Discovered by Professor George Paxinos from Neuroscience Research Australia, the new region, which has been named the endorestiform nucleus, is found within the inferior cerebellar peduncle which is responsible for integrating sensory and motor information.

Professor Paxinos had first suspected its existence decades ago but has only now been able to confirm it thanks to advances in medical imaging technology.

Exactly what this new region does however continues to remain a mystery.
"The endorestiform nucleus is intriguing because it seems to be absent in the rhesus monkey and other animals that we have studied," he said.

"This region could be what makes humans unique besides our larger brain size."

It is hoped that further studies of this new region could help scientists to develop new treatments for degenerative brain conditions such as Parkinson's disease and motor neurons disease.



Source: Sci-News.com | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ShadowBoy86x 4 years ago
Thanks for sharing, very interesting.†
Comment icon #2 Posted by Carlos Allende 4 years ago
† How do you explain Clyde the Monkey driving old†Clint's motor then?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
In the region responsible for integrating sensory and motor information and unique to humans...Could be something as simple as an area that allows us to do extremely fine manipulation; like making art, complex tool-making, even accurate throwing.
Comment icon #4 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
Endorestiform nucleus is responsible for integrating sensory and motor information. Sounds a lot like the dance nucleus of the brain. Imagine the lab experiments.


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