There seems to be no end to the benefits of electronic brain stimulation. Focused thinking, better memory, deeper sleep, relief from depression, reduced stress are among some of the benefits you read about on the internet. In particular, a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation is getting loads of attention from early adopters who rave about its potential and scientists who are trying to unravel what it can and cannot do.
We are heading down a path that will allow us to supercharge the brain.
You might be able to enter a flow state that allows you to learn a new skill twice as fast, solve problems that have mystified you for hours, or even win a sharpshooting competition with just a jolt of electricity.
Researchers can selectively remove a memory and predictably reactivate it by stimulating nerves in the brain.
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.
Nature Neuroscience has just released a paper that proposes a new tool for neuroscientists who want to stimulate the brain – ultrasound.
Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation can improve learning and speed up mental calculations.
An Oxford University study gave participants just five days of training with a relatively new form of brain stimulation: transcranial random noise stimulation.
Electrical brain stimulation benefited subjects for months.
A small laboratory study of university students has found that random electrical stimulation, a technique that applies a gentle current through the skull, leads to a long-lasting boost in the speed of mental calculations.
The pulse technique could be used to enhance intellectual capacity and help those with learning difficulties
Researchers discovered that the ability of the brain to learn a task and remember it was greatly enhanced when a magnetic pulse was applied to the premotor cortex – the area of the brain just behind the forehead.
Mild noninvasive electrical current to brain could help stroke patients
A simple, inexpensive device that delivers electrical current to the brain noninvasively could help stroke patients recover lost motor ability. According to a new study, the treatment–transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)–in combination with occupational therapy boosted recovery better than either treatment on its own.
Neural activity in the brain of a Parkinsonian rat before (top) and after (bottom) electrical stimulation is applied to its spinal cord.
Delivering electrical stimulation to the spinal cord through tiny, platinum electrodes could ease the severe motor deficits of Parkinson’s disease as effectively as a much more intrusive procedure currently in clinical use, according to a new study in rodents. If the findings are confirmed in humans, scientists say, the procedure could dramatically improve treatment for the disease by making electrical therapies safer and more broadly available.
Scientists are working on an electronic “sex chip” that will be able to stimulate pleasure centers in the brain.
A face driven by music – Video 3
This video was created by sound artist, Daito Manabe, front man to the Face Visualizer designed by Masaki Teruoka and built by Katsuhiko Harada. No, the music is not controlled by facial contortions. Rather, Daito-san’s face is twisted to the music via electrical-pulse stimulation — 10 channels in total, 8 to control his facial expressions, 2 to keep the music and face in sync. More videos after the jump.
Paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their wrists when their nervous systems were rewired.
Rerouting electrical signals around damaged nerves may one day help treat paralysis. A pair of partially paralyzed monkeys regained the ability to move their wrists when researchers wired individual neurons directly to the monkey’s arm muscles, according to a study published online in Nature on Wednesday.