Definitions

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  • n. The insular cortex, a structure of the human brain located within the lateral sulcus

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a portion of the cerebral cortex concealed in the Sylvian fissure, consisting of five or six radiating convolutions, the gyri operti.
  • n. In a Roman city, especially Rome itself, a building composed of distinct apartments let to several families; an apartment-house or tenement-house, in distinction from domus, an independent residence.
  • n. In a smaller Roman city, especially Pompeii, a block of houses entirely surrounded by streets.

Etymologies

From the Latin īnsula ("island") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also, people who held a hot therapeutic pad versus cold were more likely to choose a gift for a friend rather than for themselves. 4 In this case, it appears that the insula is the culprit -- it processes physical warmth and social warmth.

    Srinivasan Pillay: Want to Be More Giving? Try Warming Your Hands

  • And being rejected in love activates a part of the brain called the insula, which is the same region that lights up when we are in physical pain.

    Rick Hanson, Ph.D.: How Did Humans Evolve The Most Loving Brain On Earth?

  • Scientists studying stroke patients found that damage to a place called the insula, which is a spot on the brain near your ear, but if there's damage there, it can instantly and permanently break your smoking habit.

    CNN Transcript Jan 26, 2007

  • There’s additional evidence that the anterior insula is home of the feeling of disgust: people with brain damage in that area lose the capacity to feel disgusted -- they can happily drink sour milk.

    Books, movies, reality: all equally disgusting

  • The insula is a complicated brain region involved in everything from registering disgust to engaging in social exchanges.

    The Amygdala As Sales Tool

  • In one of his studies he found that, when a cellphone rings, there is activity in a part of the brain called the insula, "which is connected to feelings of love and compassion."

    The Amygdala As Sales Tool

  • But it turns out that humans process relationships among variables in a region of the brain called the insula, which processes visceral reactions like disgust and pain.

    Caging Raging Contagion

  • When the researchers showed subjects a video of a ringing cellphone, a part of the brain called the insula exhibited a spike in activity.

    Brain Scan Overload

  • Also, people who held a hot therapeutic pad versus cold were more likely to choose a gift for a friend rather than for themselves.4 In this case, it appears that the insula is the culprit -- it processes physical warmth and social warmth.

    Srinivasan Pillay: Want to Be More Giving? Try Warming Your Hands

  • That causes an area of your brain called the insula -- which is in charge of paying attention to negative feelings -- to light up like a pinball machine.

    Dr. Jonny Bowden: Shopping and Overeating

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