Navigation Links
New Understanding of How the Brain Detects Emotion

Study findings might further autism research

FRIDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- An area of the brain that responds to both facial and vocal expressions of emotion has been identified by British researchers.

They used a MagnetoEncephaloGraphic (MEG) scanner to analyze brain activity in 19 volunteers who were shown photographs of people with fearful and neutral facial expressions, and listened to fearful and neutral sounds, separately and together.

The University of York team found that responses in the posterior superior temporal sulcus were much greater when the participants could both see and hear the emotional faces and voices, but not when they saw and heard neutral faces and voices.

The study findings were released online in advance of publication in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Previous models of face perception suggested that this region of the brain responds to the face alone, but we demonstrated a supra-additive response to emotional faces and voices presented together -- the response was greater than the sum of the parts," lead researcher Cindy Hagan said in a university news release.

The findings are important "because emotions in everyday life are often intrinsically multimodal -- expressed through face, posture and voice at the same time," added co-author Andy Young.

The researchers said their findings could help efforts to learn more about autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders that make it difficult for people to interpret facial expressions.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of York, news release, Nov. 2, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Hawaii Psychiatrist Develops Radical New System of Understanding and Categorizing Personality
2. Survey Reveals Big Gap in Understanding of Depression; Almost 50 Percent of Caregivers Have Also Been Diagnosed
3. Research Findings Key for Understanding, Interpreting Genetic Testing for Long QT Syndrome
4. A new understanding of why seizures occur with alcohol withdrawal
5. Parkway Cancer Centre Introduces 'Understanding Cancer' Webinar Series to Help Spread Cancer Awareness
6. Neuropathy Association Research Grants Advance the Understanding of Diabetic Neuropathy and Autoimmune Neuropathies
7. New Poll: Americans Still Confused by President Obamas Health Care Plan -- Siegel+Gale Survey Finds Dramatic Lack of Understanding of Basic Points in Plan, Even Among Democrats
8. Filmmaker John Hughes' Recent Untimely Death is a Call for Better Understanding of Sudden Cardiac Death, the Leading Cause of Natural Death in the U.S.
9. Understanding the implications of prenatal testing for Down syndrome
10. New research strategy for understanding drug resistance in leukemia
11. MRC scientists advance understanding of cell death
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is ... a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the ... one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures ... . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches ... success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in ... than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new ... the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their writing skills ... patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him or ... Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, Genome magazine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in ... durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has ... is led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel ... investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization ... release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... 2022" report to their offering. ... with kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by ... and thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: