Tiny hair-like fibers help create interconnections between brain regions

MIT researchers have used a single flexible fiber about the size of human hair to deliver optical, electrical and chemical signals back and forth into the brain to create an improved way of learning about the functions and interconnections of different brain regions. The fibers replicate the softness and flexibility of brain tissue which allows

How noninvasive brainwave technology improved PTSD in veterans

A noninvasive brainwave mirroring technology recently showed potential in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in military personnel, according to a study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that PTSD affects about 11-20% of Operations Iraqi Freedom and and Enduring Freedom veterans, 12% of Gulf War veterans and

MIT researchers find way to automate measuring brain cell signals

Engineers at the Mass. Institute of Technology are working to automate the process of recording electrical signals from a brain neuron, which could help researchers more precisely study individual brain cells that affect learning and functioning and cause cognitive diseases. “Knowing how neurons communicate is fundamental to basic and clinical neuroscience,” Ed Boyden, senior author…

Why ‘do no harm’ matters more than ever

A recent Retro Report in The New York Times looked back at the tragic history of lobotomies to remind viewers of the importance of the medical ethics principle, “First, do no harm,” and how it applies to the development of medical technologies for the brain today. The media positively covered lobotomies as a groundbreaking procedure able to cure

This brain-sensing headband gives scientists an idea of how brains age

A wireless brain-sensing headband is benefiting more than just the consumer. The valuable data that the headband creates and collects is shedding new light for neuroscience researchers on what happens to our brains as we age. Muse is a wearable device that helps users meditate. It guides the user through meditation by changing the sounds