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by Chris Nowinski
A postmortem brain study provides new and troubling evidence about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a long-term degenerative and incurable brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head. An author of the study, Chris Nowinski, a former college football player and professional wrestler, writes about how a concussion put him on the path of dedicating his life to making others aware of the dangers of CTE and toward developing a treatment. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.
In recent years, the two sides of the brain have come to symbolize two sides of human nature; the left brain hailed (or disparaged) as "logical," "analytical," and "intellectual," and the "intuitive" right brain as the avatar of emotion and creativity. The reality is not so simple -- and a good deal more interesting.
Advances are being made in all fronts including: recording methods; extracting information from brain signals; perfecting prosthetic arms; and creating the perfect intercommunication between brain and the prosthetic arm. One of our series of Reports on Progress.
Researchers are defining the fine line between distraction and interruption -- and it's a matter of seconds.
Imaging and other techniques are helping researchers distinguish effects of a range of meditative practices on the brain.
Researchers have made good progress in teasing out the specifics of our multi-pronged response to sensory stimuli.
What's the future of neuroscience? Optogenetics and tau imaging hold a lot of promise for conditions like depression and CTE, says Guy McKhann, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.partner registration page if you're interested in becoming involved.