Our Sense of Smell – Brainwaves of COVID and Alzheimer’s with Thom Cleland PhD
This is a more theoretical episode that gives us some idea about what might be happening with the rhythms of an Alzheimer’s or POST-COVID brain. Our guest, Dr Thom Cleland, is a professor of theoretical and systems neuroscience at Cornell University. His research is particularly focused on the mammalian olfactory system and on the emergent dynamical networks that govern communication and information transfer among brain areas. We talk about brain circuits, neuronetworks and how this relates to our sense of smell and Alzheimer’s in general.
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In this Episode You Will Learn:
1:42 – What we can learn from looking at brain waves
8:58 – The olfactory system and how it works
13:57 – What happens to people’s brain waves when they are experiencing dementia processes
24:43 – How the olfactory system connects to the memory and can help with dementia intervention
36:18 – Is losing the sense of smell a sign of neurodegeneration?