CB3’s research is highly diverse, ranging from brain injuries and other cognitive impairments to the heritability of social attitudes and the neurological basis of decision-making. Concussion research is a cornerstone of the center’s work. UNL researchers are studying how the brain functions and processes information before and after concussions. They’re focusing on athletes but this research could improve treatment for the 1.7 million Americans who suffer traumatic brain injuries annually.
Other examples of CB3 research:
- Infant brain mapping could provide a way to identify those at risk for cognitive impairment. Early diagnosis could help doctors develop interventions so the child never develops the impairment.
- Further study of infants’ brains could improve treatment of Shaken Baby Syndrome. More understanding of a child’s brain development could help researchers develop tools to increase cognitive strength in babies affected by this abuse.
- Genotyping may show a predilection for addiction and substance abuse. This could ultimately change how addiction is treated and be used to develop specific treatment plans, preventive programs and medications.
- Analyzing the neuroscience behind risky behavior and decision-making could allow for psychological treatment to become customized and more effective.
- Mapping the brain’s reaction to uncertainty could inform the political process and explain why some people develop tolerance and acceptance in the face of uncertainty while others react negatively.