Humans really are like monkeys, research shows

The human brain is more similar to the brains of monkeys than previously thought, according to a leading psychology and medical science expert.

Professor George Paxinos from the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and The University of New South Wales will present the findings in his keynote address at the Australian Psychological Society’s 43rd annual conference, 'Psychology Leading Change' in Hobart this week.

Our research has identified 87 previously unknown brain regions in humans and these are also found in monkeys. Scientists are now able to pin-point the exact region of the brain responsible for memory, speech, smell, sadness and pain," said Professor Paxinos.

"Understanding the functions, relationships and similarities between the brains
of humans and monkeys means we are able to better understand the causes
of mental illness and other brain diseases."

Professor Paxinos has been creating 'brain atlases' for 26 years and has authored 35 books. His first book, 'The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates,' is the most cited Australian scientific publication.

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