How Brain Stimulation Boosts Healing
From Ancient Catfish to Today’s High-Tech Implants
Carrie Peterson, PhD
December 8 at 7pm EST
This talk will explore the evolving science of brain stimulation –– from the use of ancient eels and catfish to treat pain to the high-tech implants being tested in spinal cord injury patients. Hear what Dr. Peterson’s lab is working on and what the future of rehabilitation and healing may hold. Reserve your spot for this free event here.
Dr. Peterson is director of the Rehabilitation Engineering to Advance Ability Laboratory (REALab) at Virginia Commonwealth University. With expertise in musculoskeletal biomechanics and neurorehabilitation, she oversees research designed to help patients with post-stroke hemiparesis and spinal cord injury.
Photo by: (ManojVasanth/flickr)
Radio Lab airs November 24th on WSKG Radio at 1pm & 7pm
In this episode of Radio Lab, we meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago. Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video, filmmakersWill Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of language set to an original score by Keith Kenniff.
Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 p.m. on WSKG TV
Learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive. The human brain is the most complex object we’ve discovered in the universe, and every day much of its neural circuitry is taken up with the tens of thousands of decisions we need to make. ‘How do I decide?’ is a journey through the unseen world of decisions, and how they get made. We start with a simple one: choosing a flavor of frozen yogurt, and learn that every decision we make is born of a ‘winner takes all’ competition between rival neural networks. As David furrows his brow and ponders the choice before him – mint verses lemon – inside his brain, two rival networks are fighting it out.
The “mind” and “self” were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests. But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like “How does the brain make me?” We stare into the mirror with Dr. Julian Keenan, reflect on the illusion of selfhood with British neurologist Paul Broks, and contemplate the evolution of consciousness with Dr. V. S. Ramachandran. Also: the story of woman who one day woke up as a completely different person. photo credit: Neon brain (dierk schaefer/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)
Dr. Julian Keenan
Dr. V.S. Ramachandran
Dr. Robert Sapolsky