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The image displays a TBI-affected brain’s white matter connectivity as inferred using diffusion tensor imaging and streamline tractography. The brain surface is rendered as a translucent layer to provide anatomical context for the streamline display. White matter connections and the brain surface are displayed using different colors across for the same subject. (Image/Kenneth Rostowsky)

Brain changes following traumatic brain injury share similarities with Alzheimer’s disease

Using MRIs and machine learning, USC researchers mapped comparable degenerative changes in both gray and white matter of the brain.

Health
HIV brain scan
In one of the largest-ever neuroimaging studies of HIV, researchers analyzed brain scans from patients across five continents, finding a common pattern of reduced volume in the brain's limbic system. (Image/Talia M. Nir, Neda Jahanshad and James Stanis of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute)

Multi-continental study examines brain scans of HIV-positive patients

By analyzing MRI data from patients around the globe, USC researchers are learning how HIV can lead to cognitive challenges, especially as the brain ages.

Science/Technology
Cary Frydman neurofinance professor
Cary Frydman created the first classes in neurofinance offered at USC Marshall. The new field combines knowledge from neuroscience and psychology to better understand constraints on economic decisions. (Photo/Courtesy of Cary Frydman)

Through neurofinance, students can unlock how our brains drive certain financial choices

Cary Frydman, an associate professor at USC Marshall, describes how this emerging field can explain financial decision-making and influence economic policy.

ArtsScience/Technology
Assal Habibi musical training brain development
Assal Habibi has done extensive research on how musical training is beneficial for brain development. Her latest study focuses on children who are learning music and speak more than one language, as compared to children who know just one language. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC research reinforces music’s impact on the developing brain

A $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will help USC Dornsife’s Assal Habibi advance her studies into how musical training boosts childhood brain development.