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Traumatic brain injury victims may benefit from neural research

The way in which the human brain learns brand new tasks is complicated. However, new research provides information from a neural basis regarding why mastering new activities can be so challenging. The study results may help scientists to come up with better therapies for people with traumatic brain injury in West Virginia and other states.

In the brain, there is one fundamental constraint that might explain why people find it easier to learn new skills if they are related to abilities they've already mastered. This fundamental constraint was discovered by researchers in the recent study. However, scientists are striving to better understand how the activity of the brain may be flexed when a person is learning.

For patients who are recovering from injuries such as stroke, therapists might be able to tailor treatments to what these individuals already know and could help the patients to re-learn skills and tasks based on activities related to them. This might enable brain injury patients to recover from their injuries more quickly. The patients may also experience much better results than what they might have had with existing therapies.

New research is giving hope to people who may have thought they could never overcome brain injury. Brain injuries can keep people from remembering or processing information like they used to, and it can even affect them emotionally. If someone's brain injury stems from another person's careless behavior -- such as negligence behind the wheel -- then the injured party may choose to pursue claims for the payment of monetary losses sustained in West Virginia.

Source: stanford.edu, "Stanford engineer helps determine how the brain learns new tasks", Bjorn Carey, Aug. 28, 2014

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