Mental rewiring: The principles that govern neuroengineering

The neurons in the brain constantly make new connections in response to every new experience or memory a person makes. As the brain familiarizes with the new experience and stimuli, the more connections are made. Thus, a task that seems overwhelming at first gradually becomes easier over time.

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This flexibility in accommodating new connections is one of the driving factors behind neuroengineering, which explores the ways that the brain’s connections can be trained to perform better or overcome limitations set by neurocognitive and behavioral disorders.

While the connections of the brain are in constant flux, the links between them are far from arbitrary. Several key locations govern crucial aspects of behavior and cognitive function. Neuroengineering allows doctors and other experts to use computer technology to observe or directly interact with the connection patterns within the brain.

When these connections do not form correctly or are somehow impeded due to damage, these would affect an assortment of motor, cognitive, and behavioral functions. This is especially noticeable among survivors of traumatic head injury, who may find everyday tasks significantly more difficult.

Neuroengineering technology also holds a lot of potential in helping individuals with mental disorders, problematic behavioral patterns, or lost or impaired motor or cognitive functions due to traumatic brain injury. Neuroengineering tools can diagnose potential sources of neurological dysfunction and train the brain’s neurons to gradually create new, more effective connections, which in some cases could help the brain heal itself.

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Dr. Curtis Cripe’s work in neuroengineering and neurofeedback laid the foundation of the NTL Group’s proprietary neuroengineered therapies for cognitive repair. Visit this website for more information on the application of his work.

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Brain plasticity as a tool for recovery and resilience

The brain goes through a lot over the course of an average lifetime. It is a remarkably adaptable organ capable of repairing and rerouting connections over the course of a human lifetime. This also means that, when properly care for and trained, it can resist quite a lot of curveballs life can throw at it.

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The brain is a very resilient organ. Even in the face of all but the most extensive damage, the brain can create new connections and maintain functionality, and damaged connections can be repaired. It retains the same level of connectivity even when parts of an existing pathway are damaged, and are only impaired or lost when the damage is complete.

In these cases, such as those found in traumatic brain injury, the damage is often so severe that it compromises many mental faculties, slowing down the ability of the brain to repair the connections. The proper training and conditioning, however, would allow the brain to speed up the process of self-restoration, by guiding it to the connections that have been lost or compromised.

Indeed, it is this ability to create new connections and maintain old ones that have sparked interest in utilizing brain resilience and plasticity for rehabilitative medicine. Findings have consistently shown that an active, engaged brain is a very resilient one. Mental activity has been found to reduce the rigors of stress and prevent or counteract the onset of degenerative mental conditions come old age.

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The brain’s own ability to repair itself with proper guidance lies at the core of the neuroengineering principles pioneered by Dr. Curtis Cripe. Learn more about his work from the NTL Group website.

What People Should Know About Brain Injuries

When the brain sustains damage that affects how a person moves, functions, feels or thinks, the person has brain injury, which can arise from a number of circumstances. It can occur during birth, or later on in life, either from a traumatic event or a sickness. It is estimated that over five million Americans suffer from the effects of brain injury, and around 17 million get into accidents, or have illnesses that lead to brain injury every year.

One person died in this three-car crash. (KATU News photo)

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Circumstances leading to brain injury determine whether or not the injury is traumatic or not. Traumatic brain injury can be caused by automobile or road accidents, falls, violent attacks by another person, or experiencing shockwaves from bomb blasts on the field of battle. Non-traumatic causes may include lack of oxygen to the brain, brain tumors, cancer, and infection of the brain. The leading cause of non-traumatic brain injury, however, is stroke.

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A brain injury can manifest itself in many ways. Symptoms may include headaches, loss of balance, problems with eyesight, seizures, speech difficulties, sleep problems, and deterioration of motor skills, among others. A brain injury may change a person’s personality, speech patterns, ability to focus or remember things, overall mood, attention span, and emotional, mental, and physical reactions to any stimuli.

It is highly recommended that people who suffer a traumatic experience have themselves checked by an expert to rule out brain injury, or detect it before the injury leads to something much worse.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is a neuroengineer with a background that includes engineering, software development, bioengineering, addiction recovery, psychophysiology, psychology, child neurodevelopment, and brain injury. Presently, Dr. Cripe heads the Research and Development department of NTL group, for advanced technology for brain and cognitive treatment and repair. Learn more about him and the work that he does by subscribing to this Twitter account.

All In The Mind: The Science Of Neuroengineering

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The brain, believed to be the most complex organ in the human body, can benefit from a combination of multiple disciplines. The collaboration of various sciences has led to a greater comprehension of the human brain through better measurements and more precise detail of brain processing and function.

Neuroengineering, which emerged at the turn of the 21st century, incorporates different fields of study for the collective purpose of advancing methodologies for documenting, imaging, and analyzing brain activities. Incorporated in this concept are neuroscience, engineering, biology, physics, mathematics, neurology, and psychology.

NTLgroup® is a company that designs and develops products and services that aim to diagnose and provide remediation programs for neuro-based dysfunctions. It uses an engineering approach that infuses neuroimaging, computer design, and approved psychological assessments.

Through its many neuroengineered programs, specific brain disorders are being analyzed and overcome. The report of findings can be easily understood by clients and their family members. But the diagnoses are still based on scientific protocols followed by its pool of therapists, psychologists, medical doctors, and other specialized healthcare providers.

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Brain development and rehabilitation have been made more efficient, with the future looking bright due to the potential advancement of the neuroengineering through further research.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is the director of the research and development division of NTLgroup®. His diverse background includes neuroengineering, aerospace engineering, software development and programming, psychology, addiction recovery, brain injury, and child neurodevelopment. Learn more about this field by visiting this website.