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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Laser light and brain activity

Pulsed laser light turns whole-brain activity on and off
December 18, 2015

Optogenetic light delivery 
Study may guide deep brain stimulation therapies used for traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders
By flashing high-frequency (40 to 100 pulses per second) optogenetic lasers at the brain’s thalamus, scientists were able to wake up sleeping rats and cause widespread brain activity. In contrast, flashing the laser at 10 pulses per second suppressed the activity of the brain’s sensory cortex and caused rats to enter a seizure-like state of … more…

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