Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have been labeled as a modern-day epidemic, increasing exponentially with the advancement of technology and society. Gaining a better understanding of the cognitive paths, including the chemical and electrical signals of the brain, neural correlates, and possible interventions for TBI patients allows for the best possible outcome for every patient, and allows for the further advancement of care. By revising and reassessing the ways in which TBIs are categorized and described the prognosis for recovery paints a more realistic view for each individual patient case. The symptoms and impairments that may occur post-injury can be monitored and treated for individuals to lead their most successful and fulfilling life. From a healthcare perspective, gaining the knowledge of the neural correlates and neural network hubs which affect or are affected by injuries allows for the advancement of treatments and therapy methods which can promote better mental and physical recovery in the future. Though there are long-term implications for individuals who sustain a TBI, there is hope for recovery and healing, especially with interventions early post-injury.
Dr. Verner Bingman
First Advisor Department
Dr. Jari Willing
Second Advisor Department
Mader, Jacqueline, "Alterations to the Brain Following Traumatic Brain Injury" (2021). Honors Projects. 647.