Dana Newsletter: February

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Hit Parade: The future of the sports concussion crisis

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.

See also: Some Clues to the Prevention and Treatment of TBI and Brain Injuries May Leave Lasting Marks on Children’s Brains.

Right Brain-Left Brain — A Primer

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.

Brain-Machine Interface

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.

Even Small Interruptions Can Lead to Mistakes

Researchers are defining the fine line between distraction and interruption — and it’s a matter of seconds.

Meditation: No Longer Such a ‘Black Box’

Imaging and other techniques are helping researchers distinguish effects of a range of meditative practices on the brain.

From Peppers to Peppermints

Researchers have made good progress in teasing out the specifics of our multi-pronged response to sensory stimuli.

Neuroscience in the New Year

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.

See also: Brain in the News — scientifically vetted stories from around the Web, updated weekly

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. On March 11-17, BAW will unite the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Events include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions; lectures; library displays; classroom workshops; and more. Visit the partner registration page if you’re interested in becoming involved.

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