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Neurotechnology – News and Features

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Researchers Demonstrate Brain's Adaptation to External Stimulation for the First Time

For the first time, researchers have shown that non-invasive brain stimulation can change a specific brain mechanism that is directly related to human behavior.
A human brain.

Brain Neurons Actively Involved in Processing Heart and Breath Signals

Researchers are investigating how exactly the brain processes the incoming stream of information from the heart and lungs, leading to a broader understanding of brain-body integration and the resulting health or disease.
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VR and Electrical Brain Stimulation Show Promise in Trial for PTSD

Combining transcranial stimulation with virtual reality exposure significantly reduced PTSD symptoms in veterans.
Bright staining highlights VIP-expressing interneurons in this coronal cross-section of a mouse brain. The neurons may help drive glymphatic clearance of amyloid via the release of peptides.

How Does 40Hz Sensory Gamma Rhythm Stimulation Clear Amyloid?

Stimulating a key brain rhythm with light and sound increases peptide release from interneurons, driving clearance of Alzheimer’s protein via the brain’s glymphatic system, new study suggests.
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Human Study Reveals Dopamine and Serotonin’s Role in Social Behavior

Scientists delve into the world of chemical neuromodulators actions in the human brain, specifically dopamine and serotonin, to reveal their role in social behavior.
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Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technique Shows Potential for Treating Brain Disorders

New research unveils a novel technique that could transform the treatment landscape for brain disorders. The team developed a non-invasive brain stimulation method, which holds tremendous potential for inducing long-lasting changes in brain function.
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Deep Brain Stimulation Pinpoints Disrupted Neural Pathways

To pinpoint the exact therapeutic target areas of the brain, a team led by researchers analyzed data from patients across the globe who had undergone implantation of tiny electrodes to stimulate the brain.
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Visual Cues Inform Decision To Cooperate in Macaques

Eye contact and body language are critical in social interaction, but exactly how the brain uses this information in order to inform behavior in real time is not well understood.
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Non-Invasive Brain Procedure Could Relieve Pain Without Medication

A study from the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, found that narrowly focused soundwaves aimed at an area of the brain called the insula reduced both the perception of pain and the body’s reaction to it.
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Treating Parkinson’s Disease With Tiny Magnets

Researchers report in ACS’ Nano Letters a new application for the technique, called magnetogenetics, that uses very small magnets to wirelessly trigger specific, gene-edited nerve cells in the brain.