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Princeton Study Reveals the Brain's Mysterious Switchboard Operator

August 17, 2012

image of a human brain Princeton University researchers report that a mysterious region deep in the human brain could be where we sort through the onslaught of stimuli from the outside world and focus on the information most important to our behavior and survival. Image courtesy of Science/AAAS Full Story

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