Scientists have found the brain regions that decide where we look, and where to direct our eyes when we’re faced with a difficult choice, such as looking someone straight in the eye or looking away.
According to research published today in Current Biology, the team from Imperial College London and University College London, have found that different areas of the brain are active when we freely select where to look, and when we change our mind and look elsewhere.
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the researchers discovered two distinct areas within the medial frontal cortex of the brain. One became active when a free choice was made, while the other responded to situations of conflict, when one plan had to be discarded in favour of an alternative.
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