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Brain mapping

Brain mapping

Brain Mapping is a way of studying the brain where behaviors of the brain are mapped to show specific function. At Cognitive Performance & Health, we use the methods of computer training to reduce anxiety and improve executive function. We also see children with trauma induced ADD/ADHD.

Brain mapping records the brain’s electrical activity at multiple sites on the surface of the scalp. The maps are then compared to a database of healthy normal individuals the same age as the client. Once the assessment is complete, we develop a treatment protocol that specifies the sites on the scalp and brain wave elements to be trained.

Investing in neuroscience is a great idea, but this is not a general boost in funding for neuroscience research. This is concentrating funds on one project, putting many eggs in one basket. Early estimates indicate BRAIN could receive as much $3bn over 10 years. Today’s announcement revealed there will be an initial investment of $100m in 2014, after which additional budgeting will be decided.

The client is then setup for brain training and the client gradually learns to produce changes in their brain patterns to improve their ability to think, feel, focus and decrease fear and improve memory.

Recent developments in automated 3D fluorescence microscopy, such as serial two- photon tomography (STP) and light sheet fluorescence microscopy, now allow for automated rapid 3D imaging of a complete mouse brain at cellular resolution, paving the way for high throughput analysis of brain function and connectivity.

However, these new imaging methods generate data at a speed that makes manual analysis unfeasible. To overcome this issue, we present aMAP and FACCT, two novel tools to automate anatomical segmentation and detection of fully stained neurons in these large whole-brain datasets that have been shown to perform at near-human levels in STP datasets.

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