National Edu News: Specialised Training Required for Implementing ECCE: Dr Venita Kaul  |  Cover Story: Elimination Round or Aptitude Test- How to Align CUET with NEP 2020 Goals  |  Life Inspirations: Master of a Dog House  |  Education Information: Climate Predictions: Is it all a Piffle!  |  Leadership Instincts: Raj Mashruwala Establishes CfHE Vagbhata Chair in Medical Devices at IITH   |  Parent Interventions: What Books Children Must Read this Summer Vacation   |  Rajagiri Round Table: Is Time Ripe for Entrepreneurial Universities in India?  |  Life Inspirations: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking  |  Teacher Insights: Guided Play Effective for Children  |  Teacher Insights: Doing Calculations Boosts Mental Strength  |  Best Practices: Hugging for Happiness  |  Parent Interventions: Is Frequent Childcare Outside of the Family Beneficial for a Child's Development  |  Health Monitor: How to Measure Attention?  |  Life Inspirations: From BC to AC: What Has Changed in Pandemic and What Has Not  |  Guest Column: The Biting Army  |  
January 13, 2022 Thursday 11:48:01 AM IST

Is There a Blue Spot Inside our Brain?

When you are walking inattentively through a road and suddenly a car honks and you shift your attention immediately to the blowing of the horn.

Have you ever thought about how suddenly our attention shifts? This is due to the presence of the blue spot- a tiny cell hidden deep inside our brain.

The 'locus coeruleus' or the blue spot is the main source of the neurotransmitter noradrenaline which helps us control our attention focus.

While we are inattentive our brains are governed by slow rhythmic fluctuations of neural activity and when our brains are active these oscillations increases

there is a higher production of noradrenaline which refocuses our attention. The study was conducted by the Max Planck Institute of Human Development 

and University of Southern California and they came to a conclusion that the blue spot’s noradrenaline regulates our brain’s sensitivity to process

relevant information by suppressing alpha generators in the thalamus