In a breakthrough development, neuroscientists have found a focal pathway to induce immediate laughter in the brain. The brain if electrically galvanized causes immediate laughter is the finding of research carried out by neuroscientists at the Emory University School of Medicine. Followed by immediate laughter, the stimulation causes a feeling of calmness and happiness.
In order to validate the finding, neuroscientists gave electrical stimulation to the brain of an epilepsy patient. The patient was under diagnostic observation for seizure diagnosis. The calmness and happiness effects of stimulation helped to successfully carry out an awake brain surgery after two days.
Success on Additional Patients validate Technique finding
The electrical stimulation carried out on two other epilepsy patients under diagnostic observation validated the finding. The cingulum bundle is the part of the brain that displayed behavioral effects as a result of the stimulation. The findings is to be published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The visuals of effects of stimulation of cingulum bundle are available keeping the patient’s identity intact.
Not only this, Emory neurosurgeons perceive the finding to have additional advantages. Neuroscientists see it as a potentially transformative way to pacify some patients undergoing awake brain surgery. The technique also holds potential to be effective for patients who are generally not anxious.
As a precaution, to safeguard critical brain functions during the procedure, it would require patients to be awake and not sedated. This would allow doctors to talk with patients, gauge their language skills, and thereafter find impairments related to the resection.