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To find what’s lost, brain forms ‘search party’

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When we’re looking for something specific, like a lost pet or a contact lens on the floor, the brain redirects various visual and non-visual regions to help.

Researchers looked at how the brain responds to a targeted search. “These changes occur across many brain regions, not only those devoted to vision. In fact, the largest changes are seen in the prefrontal cortex, which is usually thought to be involved in abstract thought, long-term planning, and other complex mental tasks,” says Tolga Cukur of the University of California, Berkeley.

“As you plan your day at work, for example, more of the brain is devoted to processing time, tasks, goals, and rewards, and as you search for your cat, more of the brain becomes involved in recognition of animals,” he adds.

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