Our Brains in 2024: The Cutting Edge of Neuroscience

     Written by Chris Claussen, Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer


    About the Author: Chris has over 20 years of experience in product and business development. For the past five years he has focused exclusively on innovative product development in the functional foods and functional mushrooms space. Chris brings experience exploring, experimenting, and conducting extensive research on the relationship between functional foods/ mushrooms and metabolic, brain, and mental health.​


    The past few years have seen major advances in our understanding of the human brain, thanks to new research and exciting technological developments. From the therapeutic benefits of music to groundbreaking advancements in brain implants and a deeper understanding of the long-term impact of sports-related traumatic brain injuries, these discoveries are reshaping our understanding of the brain and its capabilities.

      1. Music Enhances Brain Function: Recent studies have highlighted the positive impact of music on brain function. As reported by the BBC, engaging with music can lead to improvements in cognitive abilities, memory, and mood. The article emphasizes the potential for music to be used as a therapeutic tool in various neurological conditions, such as dementia and stroke recovery. This finding underscores the powerful connection between music and the brain, opening new avenues for neurorehabilitation and cognitive enhancement.
      2. Neuralink's Implants chip into the human brain and Porsche is quickly catching up: In a significant leap forward for neurotechnology, Elon Musk's Neuralink has successfully implanted its first chip in a human brain. This groundbreaking achievement, as reported by Scientific American, marks the beginning of a new era in brain-machine interfaces.  The initial goal is to develop a brain-machine interface that could help disabled people move and communicate again.  However, as a report from MSN highlights, Elon is not the only game in town. Porsche has developed a brain implant chip that outperformed Neuralink by 18 seconds. Where this technology leads us will be very interesting.
      3. Long-Term Impact of Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries: Research has shed light on the long-term consequences of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. A study featured on Medical Xpress reveals that almost half of people who experience such injuries may face persistent symptoms even years later. Conducted by the University of Stirling, the study emphasizes the importance of understanding and mitigating the lasting effects of these injuries. This knowledge has implications for sports medicine, athlete safety, and public health policies related to contact sports. 

    These recent developments in neuroscience showcase the field's rapid evolution, providing interesting insights and hopeful possibilities into the relationship between the brain and various external factors.


    1. BBC - Music Improves Brain Function 
    2. Scientific American - Neuralink's First Chip Implant, MSN - Porsche Brain Implant Chip
    3. Medical Xpress - Long-Term Impact of Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries



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