transcranial direct-current stimulation

Individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) who underwent a non-invasive form of electrical brain stimulation experienced significant reductions in fatigue, new research from the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at NYU Langone Health found. When compared to patients who were enrolled in a placebo arm of the study, those that received the stimulation — called… Read more

The human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex, new research from the University of Nottingham suggests. The findings show that our ability to resist yawning when someone else near us yawns is limited. And our urge to yawn is increased if we are instructed to resist… Read more

Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, once said “creativity is just connecting things”. There’s truth in that but there is another source of creativity, too – the ideas that simply pop into our minds. In ancient times, these were seen as gifts from the muses or gods. Today, people sometimes describe such ideas as… Read more

The human brain seems well protected, encased within the skull. Yet something as simple as placing a pair of wet sponges onto someone’s head and sending a weak electric current between them can actually alter the brain’s activity. A refined version of this method – known as transcranial electric stimulation – has attracted considerable interest… Read more

Applying a low voltage current can bring different areas of the brain in sync with one another, enabling people to perform better on tasks involving working memory, researchers at Imperial College London have found. The approach, scientists hope, could one day be used to bypass damaged areas of the brain and relay signals in people… Read more