As neuroscientists from around the world continue to unravel brain processes they include a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the brain cells. New research has used neurobiology and nano-scale engineering to study neural circuits and their link to behavior.
Neuroscientists are looking for answers as to how the brain combines information from sensory stimulation with information to such emotions as hunger, fear or stress. Recent studies are of the havenula as the part of the brain that consist of neural circuits which regulate behavior.
In an interview with Science Daily Emre Yaks of Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF) states
Our brain has high levels of spontaneous activity, even in the absence of spontaneous of sensory stimulation….The habenula acts as a kind of switchboard, selecting certain sensory information and sending it to the downstream brainstem areas. Thus the habenula regulates our behavior.
NERF colleagues have integrated neurobiology and nano-scale engineering to study brain function and this multidisciplinary approach has enabled them to look beyond the brain cells that allows them to study neural circuits and links to behavior.
Neurologists would be first to admit that in spite of all the research the brain still remains a mystery. However with the use of modern technology they are gradually learning more about sensory stimulation as it affects such things as sleep or the learning process. At this time the conclusion appears to be that the brain has a switchboard that regulates behavior in response to external stimuli.