Why Bangor Is Smiles Ahead; EDUCATION WALES Research into Facial Expressions Could Help People with Williams Syndrome
Byline: Moira Sharkey
NEW research into how the brain processes facial expressions could lead to improved ways of educating and training for people with a rare genetic neurodevelopmental condition called Williams syndrome
Dr Debra Mills, a Reader at Bangor University's School of Psychology, says that, as a result of research, she and her team has learned more about exactly when and where the brain processes positive and negative emotional expressions.
Her research using a combined electrophysiological and brain imaging (fMRI) approach was conducted jointly with colleagues at Stanford University and the Salk Institute in the USA.
They discovered that a part of the brain which responds to fearful expressions in most people is actually more active as a result of happy faces in people with this disorder.
The research, which is published this month in the Journal of Neuroscience, focused on individuals with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic condition. Along with other traits, people with Williams syndrome have a heightened response to happy or smiling faces and are less likely to react to aggressive or angry faces.
People with this condition can be …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: Why Bangor Is Smiles Ahead; EDUCATION WALES Research into Facial Expressions Could Help People with Williams Syndrome. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: February 5, 2009. Page number: 35. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.