Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC): the frontal part of the cingulate cortex that resembles a "collar" surrounding the frontal part of the corpus callosum; plays a role in a wide variety of autonomic functions such as regulating blood pressure and heart rate; also involved in rational cognitive functions, such as reward anticipation, decision-making, empathy, impulse control, emotion
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How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)
How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It). 07.2013 Researchers at Yale recently identified that two areas in your brain associated with pain, the anterior cingulate cortex and insula, light up in response to letting go of items you own and feel a connection toward
Do You Think Like Sherlock Holmes? What the detective can teach us about observation, attention, and happiness. Over the past several decades, researchers have discovered that mindfulness can lead to improvements in physiological well-being and emotional regulation. It can also strengthen connectivity in the brain, specifically in a network of the posterior cingulate cortex, the adjacent precuneus, and the medial prefrontal cortex that maintains activity when the brain is resting.
University of Iowa researchers studied the brain of a patient with damage to three regions long considered integral to self-awareness—left to right, the insular cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, and medial prefrontal cortex). The scans indicate that self-awareness is a product of a diffuse patchwork of brain pathways.
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is characterized by somatic distress upon exposure to odors. Patients with MCS process odors differently from controls. This odor-processing may be associated with activation in the prefrontal area connecting to the anterior cingulate cortex, which has been suggested as an area of odorant-related activation in MCS patients. In this study, activation was defined as a significant increase in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) because of odorant stimulation.