npr: “Hacking The Brain With Electricity”

19 May

A good story on NPR this morning about transcranial direct current brain stimulation (tDCS).

‘With funding from the Department of Defense, Clark set up an experiment in which subjects studied a series of complicated pictures. Hidden in each was a threatening object, such as a weapon or a suspicious package. The goal was to see how fast the subject could spot the objects with tDCS and without it.

“What we found,” says Clark, “is that the people who received a full dose of tDCS learned twice as much in the same hour of training as people who received a very low dose of tDCS or no tDCS at all.”‘

The story carries the important warning “don’t try this at home.”

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