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Yoga and meditation work better if you have a brain zap too | New Scientist, Jul 2018
"Brain stimulation seems to offer a shortcut to unlocking the benefits of yoga and mindfulness sessions, but turbocharging meditation could have a dark side"

"Even so, it takes time and dedication to see results from yoga and meditation. Bashar Badran, a neuroscientist at the Medical University of South Carolina, and his colleagues think they can speed things along. Their secret is a simple, non-invasive brain stimulation technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This involves sticking two electrodes to the head, one above the eye and one on the temple, and then steering a small electrical current across the brain. The method has already been shown to improve the symptoms of depression, help with addiction and cravings, and possibly speed up recovery from stroke. Badran thought it might also help people achieve a state of mindfulness more quickly and easily."

"In 2010, work by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert, both then at Harvard University, showed that our mind not only wanders during as much as half of our waking hours, but we are also less happy when mind-wandering than when we are focused on a task. The pair’s conclusions concurred with what religions have emphasised for centuries: a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.

This mind-wandering state is associated with a set of brain regions collectively known as the default mode network. This switches off when we target our attention towards a specific goal, but comes back on when we allow our minds to drift. Studies show that people with more than 10 years of meditation experience are skilled at deactivating their default mode network, consistent with decreased mind-wandering.

Brain stimulation seems to fast-track that process."
NewScientist  yoga  meditation  mindfulness  tDCS  default-mode-network  neuroscience 
11 weeks ago by pierredv
Abnormal brain connections seen in preschoolers with autism
Preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, have abnormal connections between certain networks of their brains that can be seen using a special MRI technique, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings may one day help guide treatments for ASD.
radiology  medicine  research  autism  spectrum  disorder  ASD  diffusion  tensor  imaging  DTI  LinMa  Lin  Ma  transcranial  magnetic  stimulation  TMS  direct  current  tDCS  diagnosis  cause  therapy  treatment  brain 
june 2018 by userX
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july 2017 by ceptional
HRL Laboratories : HRL Demonstrates the Potential to Enhance the Human Intellect’s Existing Capacity to Learn New Skills
[["We measured the brain activity patterns of six commercial and military pilots, and then transmitted these patterns into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an airplane in a realistic flight simulator" -- Dr. Matthew Phillips & team used transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in order to improve learning and skill retention.

subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities.

"As we discover more about optimizing, personalizing, and adapting brain stimulation protocols, we'll likely see these technologies become routine in training and classroom environments,"]]
neuro  tDCS  stimulation  learning  augmented  cognition  neuroplasticity 
july 2017 by dandv
Increasing honesty in humans with noninvasive brain stimulation
Study uses transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to make people more honest while paying a dice game that they can cheat on for financial gain.
honesty  tdcs  brain  neuroscience 
april 2017 by mdpatrick
Halo Neuroscience
Allegedly the same tech being tested at DARPA made CCTV monitoring effective for 20 hours, when normal concentration gave out at 20 minutes...
neuropriming  human  cognitive  augmentation  muscle  memory  sports  enhancement  tDCS  cranial  stimulation  Delicious 
april 2017 by asteroza

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