It never ceases to amaze. Scientists have figured out what secret function the cerebellum performs
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Research has shown that this part of the brain is responsible for more than just controlling movement.
Given the complexity of the human body, it is not surprising that scientists are still learning new functions of certain organs. This time, scientists have found that the cerebellum is not only responsible for controlling movement, but also helps us remember emotional experiences, writes Science Alert.
It is known that the amygdala and hypocasp are most responsible for emotional memories. However, they are not the only ones – the cerebellum in the back of the brain, as it turned out, plays an important role in this process. This became known in the course of a new study.
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More than 1.4 thousand people took part in the new study. During the experiment, they all underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging, while viewing images in parallel. All the pictures were conditionally divided into three groups – positive, negative and neutral.
Scientists found that the cerebellum was more active when the participants viewed positive or negative images. At the same time, neutral ones did not involve this area of the brain in the same way.
No less curious for scientists was the high level of connection between the cerebellum and the large brain. The cerebellum received information from the anterior cingulate cortex (a key area for perceiving and evaluating feelings) and relayed information to the amygdala and hippocampus. As a result, scientists came to the conclusion that the cerebellum is an important component responsible for a kind of storage of emotional information.
According to neuroscientist Dominique de Quervain and the University of Basel in Switzerland, in the future this discovery will allow scientists to better understand how our brain works. the brain and how to restore individual connections if they are broken for any reason.