Bat Brain Behavior Offers Key insights into How We Focus Our Attention

Did you ever wonder how the brain determines which stimuli to filter out and which are worth paying attention to? Researchers at Johns Hopkins University investigated bats’ brain behavior to discover how our nervous system evolved to process complex sounds that exist in the environment. These furry fliers can teach us a great deal about how the brain focuses on some sensory stimuli to the exclusion of other auditory sounds. For more information, link to the medical news version or access the abstract in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.