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Know it all: Researchers have now decoded emotions and beyond senses in the human brain.

A recent study investigates how the brain creates emotions independent of sensory input.

Through an analysis of brain activity during the viewing of the movie 101 Dalmatians by participants with and without sensory deprivation, researchers found that the brain uses an abstract coding system that is not dependent on sensory modalities to encode emotions. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex, a dispersed network component of this system, houses abstract emotional representations.

The results cast doubt on accepted theories about emotion and perception by indicating that the brain creates our emotional experiences in a way that is more abstract and is not only determined by the stimuli we receive right away. The brain’s processes for representing emotional situations are still unknown, despite the close relationship between emotion and perception.

Research indicates that the brain retains emotional categories independent of sensory modalities and experiences. Specifically, a dispersed network comprising sensory, prefrontal, and temporal regions of the brain has been identified, with the ventromedial prefrontal cortex emerging as a central repository for the storage of an abstract emotional representation that is independent of previous sensory experience or modality.

The brain’s abstract coding of emotions indicates that, despite our natural tendency to think that our feelings are a direct result of external events, our brains are actually hardwired to produce emotional meaning independently of whether we are able to see or hear.

To further develop our understanding of emotion and the human brain, it is crucial to comprehend how mental abilities and their related neural representations can expand and refine without sensory input in a world where people who are sensory-deprived are often disregarded.

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