This Tiny Brain Region Predicts Bad News And Warns You

August 13, 2014 12:42 PM

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This Tiny Brain Region Predicts Bad News And Warns You

It's a teensy-tiny part of your brain -- smaller than a pea, to be precise -- and yet it's tasked with some pretty big responsibilities: The habenula stays on the lookout for the bad stuff in our environment, helping us to avoid potentially painful or dangerous situations.

Previously, the habenula's role had only been demonstrated in animals, but a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to show that it plays the same role in the human brain, according to lead study author Rebecca Lawson, a University College London...

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