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NASA on Sensory Stimulation

NASA neuroscientist outlines science objectives.

News 1977 4 mins Not rated


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Parents of learning disabled children attend a talk given by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Medical Officer, Dr Ralph Pelligra at the British Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Bridgwater in Somerset. At the time Sensory Stimulation Therapy (SST) was developed and aimed to aid brain development and neurocognitive performance.

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) were founded in the United States in 1955 offering therapy programmes for the brain-injured. The early techniques have been discredited as having no science-based evidence for aiding the brain-injured. NASA's studies of astronauts during long stays in space enhance understanding of brain function including motor control, multi-tasking and recovery. NASA has developed neuro-mapping which investigates the brain's responses through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and similar studies have been carried out on autistic children in the USA.