The winning research team of Subbulakshmi Sankarasubramanian and Michael Anderson (University of Cambridge) want to know if we can suppress traumatic memories that cause emotional pain. They propose the use of non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation to understand the functional mechanisms that are damaged in traumatic brain injury. By studying the brain’s protective shield, they hope to develop treatment methods that will improve an individual’s ability to inhibit, suppress, and forget when needed; and add to the scientific understanding of the brain’s regulation of consciousness.

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