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Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

August 4, 2020

Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Humans began to develop systems of reading and writing only within the past few thousand years. Our reading abilities set us apart from other animal species, but a few thousand years is much too short a timeframe for our brains to have evolved new areas specifically devoted to reading.

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Mapping the brain’s sensory gatekeeper

July 22, 2020

Mapping the brain’s sensory gatekeeper

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Many people with autism experience sensory hypersensitivity, attention deficits, and sleep disruption. One brain region that has been implicated in these symptoms is the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), which is believed to act as a gatekeeper for sensory information flowing to the cortex.

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