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Insane in the Brain

Scientists are figuring out a way to make our brains work better

The results could be good news for those suffering from nervous system disorders.

YOUR BRAIN COULD be improved through the use of electromagnetic stimulation, a new study has shown.

The research found that electromagnetic stimulation can change brain organisation, which may in turn make your brain work better.

While it is still unclear what the implications of the study will be for the average person, the condition should help those with nervous system disorders relating to abnormal brain organisation such as depression, epilepsy and tinnitus.

The treatment, known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), was shown to work to correct brain connections even when used at a low intensity.

Speaking about the research, lead author Kalina Makowiecki said:

Our findings greatly increase our understanding of the specific cellular and molecular events that occur in the brain during this therapy and have implications for how best to use it in humans to treat disease and improve brain function.

Neuroscience has been in the news recently over the controversial European Union funded Human Brain Project. The project is set to take ten years and aims at recreating the functions of the human brain on a supercomputer. The cost of the project is put at €2.7 billion.

Last month a group of over 190 neuroscientists came forward in opposition to the project. Those protesting the project felt that it was a waste of time and resources, and that time should be invested in existing ventures.

The results come from a study carried out on mice by the University of Western Australia and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in France.

READ: Europe wants to spend €1.2 billion on brains (but scientists are angry about it)

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