Friday, January 7, 2011

What's Love Got To Do With It?

"What’s love got to do with it? Tina Turner doesn’t necessarily have the eyes in mind when she belts out that tune, but neuroscientists do. Trolling for something else this morning, I came across a a great viewpoint piece I had forgotten about, with the provocative title of EMOTIONAL VISION – Nature Neuroscience 2004 It’s written by Ralph Adolphs, a social scientist who hangs his hat at Cal Tech in Pasadena and his coat at the University of Iowa’s Department of Neurology.
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The gist of the article is that emotions can directly influence sensory processing, and can do so at surprisingly early stages. Surprising, that is, only if one is not familiar with the concepts of behavioral and developmental optometry. In this diagram, the components of the amygdala, the major brain structure involved in emotions, can be seen to modulate key visual regions of the brain that follows a ventral stream of information which helps us in recognition objects and form."

Neuro-optometric Vision Rehabilitation � The VisionHelp Blog

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