Dr. Tommerdahl is co-founder of Cortical Metrics, the company that invented the Brain Gauge tool for assessing cognitive health, including concussions in athletes. This is a tool used at MHU as part of our NCAA concussion protocol for all athletes, at over 40 other universities, by the Office of Naval Research, and by the National Football League (NFL). In this presentation, he will describe the unique tactile “buzz”-based methodology used in Brain Gauge, and how it can be used for assessment of brain health for concussions as well as other aspects of cognitive processing.
Dr. Tommerdahl is currently a neuroscientist and faculty member at the University of North Carolina and has a broad range of research interests that center on cortical mechanisms of information processing. His early research inspired the novel testing methods used in Brain Gauge. He is interested in concussion/TBI, developmental disorders (e.g., autism, ADHD), aging and chronic pain. The other reason for Dr. Tommerdahl’s visit is his interest in developing future research projects that expand the usefulness of Brain Gauge on college campuses.