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.
- 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? (Very!)
- 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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- This Week in Neuroscience: Could Liquid Hard Drive Implants Upgrade Our Brains?
- The International 10-20 System
- tDCS Subreddit
- TCT Stimulator
- The Brain Stimulator
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