Do it yourself transcranial direct current stimulation?

31 Oct

There is mounting evidence that transcranial direct current stimulation can improve memory. Transcranial direct current stimulation, is a procedure where electrodes are attached to the skull and very low voltages are conducted through brain. The hypothesis is that the current affects the excitability of brain neurons.

This week an article appeared in The New York Times reporting on the growing do it yourself efforts at transcranial direct current stimulation. Experts in the article cautioned that too little is known about the safety of the procedure to advocate widespread use at this time.

Here is an example of a home-brewed transcranial direct current stimulation experimenter:

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