Electrical brain stimulation moves from lab to home, experts wary (CBC radio):
“Zapping your brain to adjust your mood may sound like the stuff of science fiction, or a campy B movie.
But Anna Wexler is a real life grad student at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, demonstrating a real, commercially available device she bought for less than $300…The product, what scientists call “transcranial direct current stimulation”, is meant to alter mood. Similar products are being marketed on the promise to improve your cognition, and even make the wearer smarter. And as they become available for home use, experts are still struggling with what to think of this new, wearable tech trend.”
–> Listen to episode (24 minutes) with scientists Marom Bikson, Flavio Frohlich and Peter Reiner.
To learn more:
- 10 Ways to Improve Health Based on the Latest Non-Invasive Neurotechnologies
- Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) as depression treatment: much promise, some DIY risks
- 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Monitoring & Enhancing Brain Health in the Pervasive Neurotechnology Era (November 17–19th, 2015)