Rewiring the Brain: Zapping with Precision
Devices that stimulate the nervous system through electric current are now being used to treat depression, movement disorders, and chronic pain. Our author, a Stanford professor and senior scientific research director for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Palo Alto, CA, provides insight on the various strategies now available.
Outside-In Brain Stimulation Shows Promise in the Lab
While deep brain stimulation involves surgery, techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation are applied from the scalp. Evidence is growing that this outside-in approach also could help improve mental states in people with schizophrenia who have not found help in other ways.
Brain Stimulation + Imaging Pack Dual Punch to Treat, Unravel Depression CircuitryQ&A with Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dana Grantee Amit Etkin's lab is investigating the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in combination with whole-brain EEG and functional MRI (fMRI) to treat depression and to help unravel its underlying brain circuitry.