Neural Networks brain function
A recent placebo-controlled study showed evidence of trans-cranial bright light’s effect to brain functions when administered through the ear. Bright light stimulation was found to increase activity in brain areas related to processing of visual sensory information and tactile stimuli.
The findings are the first ever published scientific article about functional modulation of the brain with bright light delivered to the brain through the ears. Says researcher TuomoStarck from the Oulu University Hospital, “The group that received bright light demonstrated in the analysis significant increase in neural network activity especially in brain areas connected with visual perception.” Bright light is also considered an effective therapy for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder – bright light is channelled through the ear canal directly to those brain areas that are known to be central in depression, and that have been discovered in studies at the Oulu University to contain photosensitive proteins. “Discovery of the photosensitive OPN4-protein in several parts of the human brain adds to the body of evidence that bright light channelled to the brain directly – and not only through the eyes – increases the activity of brain functions, ” comments Chief Science Officer Juuso Nissila from the Finnish company Valkee Oy.
Source: Cerebra TurboBrain
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