Vagus nerve stimulation.
In the near future, your doctor might prescribe electricity for what ails you.
Probes that can transmit electricity inside the skull raise questions about personal autonomy and responsibility.
Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant? As neurotechnologies advance, a neuroethicist and a legal expert write that now's the time to hash it out.
The experimental technique of ‘deep brain stimulation’ has improved the lives of patients with treatment-resistant depression, despite the ‘failure’ of a large clinical trial.
For some patients, drilling a hole in the skull and inserting an electrode into the 'sadness centre' of the brain offers relief from debilitating and otherwise treatment-resistant depression.
Is electrical pulse to the brain your favorite memory enhancer?
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Tinkering with the brain's electrical field shows tantalizing promise for boosting memory, but it doesn't always work. A new study offers one reason why.
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A sufficiently talented brainjacker could one day influence the behaviour of a person in worrying ways.
Brains are physical organs, but also the seat of something essential about us.
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New technologies bring questions that have belonged to the abstract realm of philosophers into concrete focus. Why do medical interventions in the brain feel different than those elsewhere in the body?
Prion diseases are a rare class of brain disorders that are transmissible between animals of any species, including humans.
New research has identified a known neurodegenerative disease as being caused by prions. And it has again raised the possibility that these proteins are infectious.
The action of running “turns up” visual processing in mice, demonstrating how active movement and sensory processing in the…
Making the most of old connections.
Researchers have been able to restore mobility in paralysed rats using a technique called deep brain stimulation. This involved…
A patient with a drug addiction is in a very different situation to someone with Parkinson’s – and should be treated as such.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a remarkable therapeutic innovation that has restored the lives of many individuals with intractable neurological disorders. Nowhere is this more evident than in crippling…
Implanted electrodes can alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and help treat addiction.
Neurological disorders can have a devastating impact on the lives of sufferers and their families. Symptoms of these disorders differ extensively - from motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease, memory…