Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: Applications and Implications
In March the Institute of Medicine held a workshop on electrical and magnetic modes of Non-Invasive Neuromodulation of the Central Nervous System. I had the pleasure of participating in this dynamic event, which covered a range of relevant topics. Participants discussed the growing number of opportunities as well as challenges and ethical considerations associated with the use of devices to non-invasively stimulate the brain and nervous system.
Though initially developed by scientists and clinicians to probe and modulate brain function, brain stimulation devices are now being sold directly to consumers with the promise they will enhance brain function or wellbeing. These products claim they can increase cognitive performance, mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory, and coordination as well as treat depression and chronic pain. It was clear from the presentations and discussions, however, that much work remains to be done to understand the short- and long-term impact of using these devices for medical and non-medical purposes. Read More ...
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