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  • June

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    • Making Art Activates Brain’s Reward Pathway – Drexel Study

      6/13/2017 12:21:00 PM

      Your brain’s reward pathways become active during art-making activities like doodling, according to a new Drexel University study.

      Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, led a team that used fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) technology to measure blood flow in the areas of the brain related to rewards while study participants completed a variety of art-making projects.

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  • May

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    • Dr. Hasan Ayaz’s interview on the future of education

      5/11/2017 2:01:00 PM

      “… and it tells us if there’s an increase or decrease of oxygenation in that area of the brain,” Dr. Hasan Ayaz was saying, holding up what looked like a neoprene scuba hood covered in plastic nodes and protruding wires. It reminded me of Doc Brown’s mind-reading helmet in Back to the Future. I tried to picture Ayaz with bug eyes and his hair grown out to mad-scientist wildness, but he’s a real-life scientist in Drexel University’s biomedical engineering department, with a firm handshake, a neatly trimmed dark beard, and designer eyeglasses. And, as my mind wandered to movie scientists, he’d been talking in measured tones about how the space-age scuba hood in his hands—as well as an equally sci-fi node-covered headband connected to another monitor nearby—can show him whether its wearer is engaged or disengaged in what he or she is doing; if the wearer is really listening to a lecture, say, or if her thoughts have wandered off …

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    • Innovative Optical Brain Scanner designed to save Marines’ lives on the battlefield

      5/10/2017 1:36:00 PM

      The Infrascanner is a portable, medical diagnostic device that provides early detection of intracranial hematomas—or bleeding within the skull—in the field, potentially saving lives and improving casualty care and recovery. The handheld device uses near-infrared light—invisible light that is nearly visible to the naked eye—to effectively check for intracranial hematomas on different parts of the skull. With the device, medical personnel at battalion aid stations can quickly assess Marines who may have suffered a head injury.

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  • March

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    • Drexel Is Helping the FAA Modernize Technical Training

      3/30/2017 12:38:00 PM

      You might not think, when you fly, about the air traffic controllers helping to guide you safely to your destination. But their jobs are essential and their training needs to be as advanced as possible to keep your flight smooth. As part of a new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence (COE) led by the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Drexel is doing its part to ensure workers are trained with the most up-to-date methods and technologies to make flying as safe and efficient as possible.

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  • February