Attention, memory, and mood: neuropsychological testing shows improvements with light therapy

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, stating that this was the first demonstrated study showing the beneficial effects of transcranial light stimulation on cognitive and emotional functions in humans. With particular focus on the frontal cortex of the brain, they looked at neuropsychological tests on attention, memory and mood, following transcranial light therapy. The results of the study showed that ALL 3 parameters measured were significantly improved. This lead them to conclude that “Transcranial infrared laser stimulation has also been proven to be safe and successful at improving neurological outcome in humans in controlled clinical trials of stroke. This innovative approach could lead to the development of non-invasive, performance-enhancing interventions in healthy humans and in those in need of neuropsychological rehabilitation” <view study>