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MIT: Making Waves in the Brain


April 26, 2009

brain Scientists have studied high-frequency brain waves, known as gamma oscillations, for more than 50 years, believing them crucial to consciousness, attention, learning and memory. Now for the first time, MIT researchers and colleagues have found a way to induce these waves by shining laser light directly onto the brains of mice. Full Story

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