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Do this for Five Minutes Every Day to Rewire Your Brain for Success, According to Neuroscience
CNBC - 4/3/2019
How much of your life — your health, your achievements, your skills — are influenced by the sheer power of your mind? As it turns out, the answer is a lot. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, journalist and professor at Emory University's School of Medicine recently appeared as a guest on Deepak Chopra's new podcast series, "Infinite Potential," where the two discussed how we can rewire our brains to achieve great success in life.

Emory First in US to Treat Epilepsy with Deep Brain Stimulation Since Commercial Approval
Emory - 2/19/2019
The Emory Brain Health Center has treated the nation’s first patient with deep brain stimulation (DBS) for medically refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy since commercialization of the procedure was approved last year. DBS is a minimally-invasive surgical therapy that uses an implanted medical device, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to precisely targeted areas of the brain as adjunctive treatment for several neurological disorders. 

Have Neuroscientists Found a "Happy Place" in the Brain?
Psychology Today - 2/18/2019
Sometimes during brain surgery, it’s necessary for patients to stay awake so doctors can talk to them and continually assess language skills and other possible impairments that might occur during a neurosurgical procedure.

Discovering a Source of Laughter in the Brain
NIH Director's Blog - 2/12/2019
If laughter really is the best medicine, wouldn’t it be great if we could learn more about what goes on in the brain when we laugh? Neuroscientists recently made some major progress on this front by pinpointing a part of the brain that, when stimulated, never fails to induce smiles and laughter.

Scientists Find the Brain's 'Funny Bone' Region
Daily Mail - 2/4/2019
Laughter really is the best medicine for brain surgery as it helps relax the patient, a new study has found. During delicate brain surgery where the patient is awake, if they panic and start to move about it could be life threatening.

Laughter may be the Best Medicine - for the Brain
Medical Xpress - 2/4/2019
Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. 

Doctors Zapped a Woman's Brain so She Could Laugh Through Awake Brain Surgery
Live Science - 2/4/2019
"Immediately she had profound relief, she was happy, able to communicate and able to make jokes" said senior case report author Dr. Jon Willie, a neurosurgeon at Emory University School of Medicine. Willie was one of the surgeons who operated on the woman. 

Laughter may be Best Medicine for Brain Surgery
Emory - 2/4/2019
Neuroscientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery.

How the Brain Decides Whether to Hold 'Em or Fold 'Em
ScienMag - 1/8/2019
Why do people make high-risk decisions – not only in casinos, but also in other aspects of their lives – even when they know the odds are stacked against them?