Sydney: Panic disorders and Alzheimer`s can be treated more effectively by targeting a new brain area that specialises in peripheral vision, according to a research.Researchers led by Hsin-Hao Yu and Marcello Rosa, professor of physiology from Monash University, made the discovery that a brain area, known as prostriata, was specialised in detecting fast-moving objects in peripheral vision.This area, located in a primitive part of the cerebral cortex, has characteristics unlike any other visual area described before, including a "direct line" of communication to brain areas controlling emotion and quick reactions, the journal Current Biology reported.Hsin-Hao said the discovery, identified during the development of the Monash Vision Group`s bionic eye, could lead to new treatments for panic disorders such as agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) and may extend into other medical areas including Alzheimer`s treatment, according to a university statement.
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