The vestibulae work like a computerized audio-visual system that’s meant to keep you in the present moment and prevent you from losing focus or making bad decisions.
You’ll hear a low, soft hum when you’re trying to focus on your phone, or a faint buzzing sound when you need to take a picture.
These tiny organs also send information to the brain about your posture, and they can even tell you when you are trying to relax or concentrate.
And if you’ve ever had a panic attack, you might notice a subtle vibration on your vestibula, as the vestiges of your anxiety signal the onset of your panic attack.
Vibration is an important signal, because it helps us feel more alert and helps us learn how to cope with our emotions better.
Vibrations are also an important cue that our bodies are being processed by our brains.
And a lot of people are sensitive to these kinds of sounds.
Some people even associate the vibration of their vestibule with the sensation of anxiety, even if it’s a completely harmless vibration.
So it’s possible to feel the vibration and even be in the presence of it, said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Columbia University.
And in recent years, the researchers have found that people with anxiety disorders often report that the vibration is a cue to their anxiety.
So this is a very important finding because it shows that there’s a mechanism of the vestible system that can be activated by anxiety, which is something we don’t think about a lot in our mental health care.
The vestigial vestibules may help explain how our brains process and regulate anxiety and stress, and how we react to these triggers in our everyday lives, Schaffnner said.
In the future, the vestige of the panic attack may help us learn more about what triggers anxiety and how it may be transmitted to our brain.
So these vestigular signals may help researchers understand how to better treat anxiety disorders, said Schaffman.
And it may help people who suffer from depression or anxiety disorders to learn how they respond to the vibration in their vestigal vestibuli, Schaffer said.
For example, people who have a high cortisol level in their blood might feel less anxious and also less anxious than people who do not.
Schaffson said the study is just the beginning.
The next step is to look at how this signal affects the activity of specific brain regions, such as the amygdala and prefrontal cortex.
The amygdala, which’s responsible for emotional processing and the regulation of behavior, has been implicated in anxiety disorders.
So if the vestilae are involved, we may be able to identify specific neural circuits in those regions that might be associated with the response to anxiety and depression.
So that will give us some insight into how the vestibratory signals work in the brain, said co-author David Pinto, a neuroscientist at Columbia.