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Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Math Skills

By applying electrical current to the brain, researchers reporting online on November 4 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have shown that they could enhance a person’s mathematical performance for up to 6 months without influencing their other cognitive functions. The findings may lead to treatments for the estimated 20 percent of the population […]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Provides Long-Term Benefits For Depression

In a study to determine the durability and long-term effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), psychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found the non-invasive, non-drug therapy to be an effective, long-term treatment for major depression. Results of the study were published in the October 2010 issue of Brain Stimulation, a journal published by […]

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Brain Stimulation Helps Patients Partially Paralyzed After Stroke Regain Use Of Muscles

Stroke patients who were left partially paralysed found that their condition improved after they received a simple and non-invasive method of brain stimulation, according to research in the September issue of the European Journal of Neurology. The full-text article is available as a free download. Check the end of this report for a link.

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National Institute of Mental Health Audio Podcasts (06/06/10)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) started to release podcasts (short audio recordings of interviews with researchers, professors, clinicians, etc.) on various mental health topics in April. Summaries of the most recently released podcasts will be posted from time-to-time. Today’s summary includes four podcasts that discuss recent developments in Autism, depression, and Tourette’s syndrome. […]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Scores Modest Success As An Antidepressant

Some depressed patients who don’t respond to or tolerate antidepressant medications may benefit from a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the brain with a pulsing electromagnet, a study suggests. This first industry-independent, multi-site, randomized, tightly controlled trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) found that it produced significant antidepressant effects in a subgroup of patients with […]

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Moral Judgments Can Be Altered By Disrupting A Specific Brain Region

MIT neuroscientists have shown they can influence people’s moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region – a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality. To make moral judgments about other people, we often need to infer their intentions – an ability known as “theory of mind.” For example, if a hunter shoots […]

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