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New Technologies For The Brain Require Ethical Approaches To Innovation

Brain technologies are all the rage these days. Entrepreneurs are selling wearable devices in the open marketplace with claims of benefits to memory, attention and concentration. Neurosurgeons and psychiatrists are exploring new ways and further developing old invasive ones to intervene in the brains of people with major mental illnesses whose conditions are resistant to […]

Alpha Waves Inhibit Obvious Ideas To Enable Creative Thinking

Brainwaves play a crucial role in inhibiting habitual thinking modes to pave the way to access more remote ideas, a new study shows. The researchers found that these brainwaves, or alpha oscillations in the right temporal area of the brain, increase when individuals need to suppress misleading associations in creative tasks. These obvious associations are […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Brains Stuck In A Loop Of Error Processing

The brains of obsessive-compulsive disorder patients get stuck in a loop of “wrongness”, that patients can’t stop even if they know they should, new research suggests. This new analysis of brain scans from hundreds of people with OCD, and people without the condition, was larger than any previous study. It pinpoints the specific brain areas […]

Biodegradable Implant Provides Neuroregenerative Therapy Via Electrical Stimulation

The first example of a bioelectronic medicine has been developed by researchers. It is an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve. The collaborators — materials scientists and engineers at Northwestern University and neurosurgeons at Washington University School of Medicine — developed a device that delivers […]

Volition Disrupting Lesions Occur In Single Brain Network

Although injuries disrupting volition — the desire to act — can occur in many different locations, they fall within the same brain network, a new study indicates. Injuries disrupting agency — the feeling of responsibility for carrying out those actions — also can occur in many different locations, but they fall within a separate network. […]