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Human brain integrates signals simultaneously coming from different senses.
Scientists have identified a part of the brain that seems to be unique to humans.
The brain region, called the lateral frontal pole prefrontal cortex, was described today (Jan. 28) in the journal Neuron
, and is linked to higher thinking processes.
"We tend to think that being able to plan into the future, be flexible in our approach and learn from others are things that are particularly impressive about humans," Matthew Rushworth, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University, said in a statement.
"We've identified an area of the brain that appears to be uniquely human, and is likely to have something to do with these cognitive powers,"
The new brain region is located within a larger region called the ventrolateral frontal cortex, which in past studies has been tied to higher thinking.
For instance, this part of the brain houses Broca's region
, which plays a critical role in language.
Differences in the ventrolateral frontal cortex have also been tied to psychiatric disorders such as compulsive behavior disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).