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Friday, April 3, 2015

Brain Research: Can light therapy help the brain? ♦ Modular brains help organisms learn new skills ♦ Micro exons take center stage in shaping of the brain

Complex brain disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia, still puzzle scientists because their causes lie hidden in early events of brain development, which are still poorly understood. This is about to change thanks to researchers who have developed a powerful model that will allow researchers to better understand the physiology behind many disorders.
New research suggests that when brains are organized into modules they are better at learning new information without forgetting old knowledge. The findings not only shed light on the evolution of intelligence in natural animals, but will also accelerate attempts to create artificial intelligence
An innovative therapy that applies red and near-infrared light to the brain is now being tested for Gulf War Illness, traumatic brain injury, and PTSD
When football helmets collide, they produce an unmistakable sound. New research of those sound waves produces a unique understanding of the forces involved in those collisions and, perhaps one day, researchers hope, inexpensive sensing methods may be developed for a safer game.

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