August 11, 2014 Neuroscience, Podcast 2 Comments
Episode 44
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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?
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