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Unclear yet if it works, but here comes Thync–the first mainstream, consumer-focused brain stimulation device

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Hands-On With Thync’s Mood-Alter­ing Head­set (Techcrunch):

Thync is launch­ing its mood-alter­ing head­set today, let­ting you find a state of calm or boost your ener­gy with con­trols on your smart­phone.

…Once you begin, you can dial the inten­si­ty of the expe­ri­ence up or down, giv­ing you con­trol over just how mel­low or excit­ed you’ll be at the end of a ses­sion.

Dur­ing the demo, Thync co-founder and CEO Isy Gold­wass­er explained that the mod­ule wasn’t direct­ly stim­u­lat­ing neu­rons in my brain (that would be too damn weird for me to try, to be hon­est). Instead, it uses tiny puls­es of elec­tric­i­ty to stim­u­late the skin at your tem­ple, which then acti­vates the instinc­tu­al fight-or-flight response in your brain to indi­rect­ly affect emo­tion­al response…While I may have cranked the set­tings too high for my first go, the impres­sion I got was that it would be great for falling asleep, not de-stress­ing at the office.”

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