Episode 44
Do-It-Yourself Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Do-it-Yourself tDCS
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Jesse interviews Nathan Whitmore, creator of the open-source project OpenBrainStim, an affordable alternative to commercial transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices. Nathan tells us how the project got started, how the “DIY-tCDS” community has grown, and how you can experiment from the comfort of your own home.

    Episode Highlights

  • 0:31Introduction to Nathan Whitmore and OpenBrainStim
  • 1:34This Week in Neuroscience: Could Liquid Hard Drive Implants Upgrade Our Brains?
  • 3:46Software/hardware experimentation and “Back to the Future”
  • 5:02How does transcranial direct current stimulation work?
  • 6:02Electrode positioning: The international 10–20 system
  • 7:36The difference between right and left-handed brains
  • 8:58The origin of OpenBrainStim
  • 10:51Safety considerations and the maximum electricity used
  • 12:25Hypothesis on prefrontal cortex stimulation: improving working memory versus interference with existing skills
  • 13:33The tDCS community and goals for the future
  • 15:30Commercial retail tDCS devices and iontophoresis machines used as alternitives
  • 16:11Session lengths and associated effects
  • 17:57How safe is tDCS?
  • 19:06Where should you start?
  • 20:21Attention readers: we're now doing episode transcripts!
  • 20:58Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: Our brand-new Suggestion Box

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Rhiannan Roe

Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.

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