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Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) to host “brain-imaging factory” enabling large-scale, standardized data generation

Reconstructed image showing how long-range neurons extend across a mouse brain. Luo Q. M./Sci Sin Vitae

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China launches brain-imaging factory (Nature):

“Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. A huge facility set to open in Suzhou, China, next month should transform high-resolution brain mapping, its developers say. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

— Giant neuron identified in mouse brain via novel brain imaging technique. Study linked below.

Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.

And here’s the rest of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health and mental performance.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):

 

Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle.

 

Have a nice Spring!

 

The SharpBrains Team

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.”

To learn more:

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 »

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