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Making brain implants smaller could prolong their lifespan

May 16, 2017

Making brain implants smaller could prolong their lifespan

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Many diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, can be treated with electrical stimulation from an electrode implanted in the brain. However, the electrodes can produce scarring, which diminishes their effectiveness and can necessitate additional surgeries to replace them.

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Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict

April 24, 2017

Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict

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Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent

When animals hunt or forage for food, they must constantly weigh whether the chance of a meal is worth the risk of being spotted by a predator. The same conflict between cost and benefit is at the heart of many of the decisions humans make on a daily basis.

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