Prof. Bikson quoted on HD-tACS for memory in Neurology Today

Neurology Today feature on “A New Study Suggests Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Can Improve Working Memory” where Dr. Robert M.G. Reinhart and colleagues used High-Definition transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (HD-tACS) to boost memory in older adults (trial published in Nature). Prof. Marom Bikson quoted as:

“Rather than overriding the network, HD-tACS modulates it,” said Marom Bikson, PhD, a scientist in the department of biomedical engineering at the City College of New York. Dr. Bikson was not directly involved in the study in Nature Neuroscience, but he invented the high-definition stimulation used in the experiments.

Many researchers are using high-definition technology to study the brain,” explained Dr. Bikson. “In this study, the stimulation was designed to reverse the brain’s electrical deficits that they observed in some older adults. A more robust working memory was revived by rhythmically synchronizing brain circuits.”

“They used these tools in a very clever way,” he continued. “They are not claiming that they proved this treatment enhances memory. A lot more work needs to be done, but this study provides support for moving ahead with such clinical trials.”

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