Why Evolutionarily Ancient Brain Areas Are Important, Ruhr-University Study  
12/1/2011 7:18:12 AM

Different brain structures control eye reflexes in the course of life RUB scientists report in the Journal of Neuroscience. Structures in the midbrain that developed early in evolution can be responsible for functions in newborns which in adults are taken over by the cerebral cortex. New evidence for this theory has been found in the visual system of monkeys by a team of researchers from the RUB. The scientists studied a reflex that stabilizes the image of a moving scene on the retina to prevent blur, the so-termed optokinetic nystagmus.