Researchers showed that electric brain stimulation could improve memory. Even if this is not a new concept, the new study indicates that this experimental treatment could be more effective than therapies shown in other previous studies. A group of neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania is the first who proved that electrical brain stimulation could help restore memory.
Neuroscientists have developed a new study about electric brain stimulation
The new study was published in Current Biology magazine. It unveils that this brain stimulation might help decrease signs of dementia while combating memory loss which could have resulted from traumatic brain injuries. For instance, this technology could help soldiers who returned from the war, in Iraq and Afghanistan and have seen many terrible things which still haunt them.
The new study was developed as being part of a four-year project which was funded by the Department of Defense. The goal of this research is to build an entirely implantable gadget bound to revive lost memory function. Researchers surveyed a group of individuals who were living with epilepsy. This illness can cause memory impairments. Scientists used a series of tests in which their subjects had a particular area of the brain stimulated which was linked to memory encoding.
They revealed that this technology could help people improve their memory
Experts had stimulated their participants’ brains in both low- and high-functioning states. Thus, they managed to reveal that when stimulation occurs in the low-functioning state, then memory improves. Nevertheless, individuals part in this surveyed scored lower than average when brain stimulation was performed on a high-functioning state.
Previous researches on electric brain stimulation proved to have mixed results. Some specialists indicate that electric stimulation is responsible for a sharp memory, while others believed that it could only cause more damage to the brain. The new research offers people a more accurate insight regarding past similar studies. The recent research indicates that the most significant factor for the study to be successful is the timing of the brain stimulation.
Nevertheless, scientists admitted that some further analyses should be conducted to make sure their result are 100% accurate. They believe that this new data could be a case of ‘closed-loop treatment’ which might use brain implants for the electrical pulses to be deployed when the device detects that they would be useful. This type of projects could help treat Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and dementia.
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