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Anesthesia doesn't simply turn off the brain — it changes its rhythms

May 11, 2021

Anesthesia doesn't simply turn off the brain — it changes its rhythms

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

In a uniquely deep and detailed look at how the commonly used anesthetic propofol causes unconsciousness, a collaboration of labs at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT shows that as the drug takes hold in the brain, a wide swath of regions become coordinated by very slow rhythms