Versus Brain Blast | December 2018

The holiday season can be one of the best and busiest times of the year! As our small gift to you, we've summarized the latest news in the fields of neuroscience, technology, and psychology. We hope this will help you stay in-the-know and give you more time to spend celebrating the season.

Balancing the Scales: Measuring Pain with EEG

A man holds his knee in a brace.
Scientists are developing an EEG-based system that would provide an objective way for doctors to assess patients’ pain levels. By offering tangible evidence of pain via brain activity, this system may prevent doctors from over-prescribing pain medication, while also enabling better diagnosis of complex conditions like Fibromyalgia.

A Higher Purpose: Reprogramming Brain Cells

Story via Science Mag

A scientist holds a petri dish.
Using animal test subjects, a German research team has begun “reprogramming” more common brain cells into neurons to replace those damaged by trauma. Researchers believe that, if successful, cell “reprogramming” could be used to help stroke victims regain compromised movement and speech abilities.

Meditation and Memory: Slowing Cellular Aging

A person's hand in a meditation pose.
In a recent study, researchers found that older adults who regularly meditated experienced a slowing in cellular aging and improvements in cognitive function, mood, sleep, and more. Explore the implications that this may have in the way that Alzheimer’s is managed.

Mind Control: Building a Brain-Powered Television

Story via Hubspot

A television open to a streaming app.
Samsung is combining EEG technology with artificial intelligence to make a brain-controlled television that is accessible for individuals with physical disabilities. The prototype reads the user’s brainwaves and eye movements to determine what the person wants to watch and to select that program.

The Sleeping Solution: Treating Anxiety with Rest

Story via Forbes

A woman asleep in a bed.
Even mild sleep deprivation can result in overactivity in the emotion-producing areas of the brain and underactivity in the emotion-regulating parts of the brain, resulting in feelings of anxiety. Learn how researchers are considering “sleep therapy” as a tool for treating anxiety.

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