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New brain imaging methods help detect giant, superconnected neurons such as this one (in a mouse’s brain)

A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around the Entire Circumference of the Brain (Science Alert):

“For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a mouse’s brain, and it’s so densely connected across both hemispheres, it could finally explain the origins of consciousness. Read the rest of this entry »

Forget thinking vs. feeling dichotomy. Think/ feel holistic brain functioning

brain teasers cognitive stimulationMental Math and the Fine-Tuning of Emotions (The Dana Foundation)

“You often hear the word “calculating” used to describe someone who always seems to act deliberately, guided by reason rather than emotion. The idea behind this characterization is that human nature straddles a deep divide between thinking and feeling, but current research suggests otherwise. Brain-imaging studies, in particular, reveal an overlap between the sites in the brain that make it possible for us to perform mental arithmetic and those that enable us to regulate our emotions. In fact, these two dissimilar-seeming functions are housed in the same neighborhood of the cerebral cortex. But they don’t just reside near each other—they actually work together. “It’s possible that training the brain with mental math strengthens the capacity for emotional reappraisal, or perhaps continually running the process of emotional reappraisal increases the ability for mental calculations of other kinds like mental arithmetic.”

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UT Dallas researcher secures $2.7m grant to better monitor and address TBI-related cognitive and functional deficits

-- Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

— Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

Scientist Gets Grant for Study of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries (UT Dallas release):

A researcher from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program.

The grant, awarded to Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, will fund research, via a virtual technology platform, to improve cognitive and functional deficits for Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Smell tests to help detect brain injury and neurodegenerative ailments

smell_systemSmell Tests Could One Day Reveal Head Trauma and Neurodegenerative Disease (Scientific American):

“Name that smell—if you can’t, it could be an indicator of a problem somewhere in your brain. New research suggests that scratch-and-sniff smell tests could become Read the rest of this entry »

September update: Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life

headspaceTime for Sharp­Brains’ September e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news.

Our brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. And neurotechnologies–especially those that, being dig­i­tal, are emi­nently scal­able, and that, being non-invasive, pose few if any neg­a­tive side-effects–are poised to become ubiq­ui­tous, per­va­sive…Keep reading the Preliminary Agenda of the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (November 17-19th), which features 32 confirmed, stellar speakers so far!

Innovation news:

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Food for thought:

 

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Have a great month of October!

The SharpBrains Team

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