Episode 68

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In Episode #68, Jesse is joined by transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) veteran, Chris Zobrist.  Chris shares with us his extensive knowledge and personal experience with tDCS, and explains how you can get the most out of your own brain stimulation sessions.  Jesse weighs in with his first impressions and results, after conducting his inaugural tDCS sessions.

We’ll also hear about new drug-design attempting to mimic a zero-pain genetic mutation, and find out how you could make money and help science doing something you probably do quite often anyway.

Episode Highlights

0:31Our off-format Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation episode
1:32 This Week In Neuroscience: New Painkillers To Be Patterned After Girl Who Doesn’t Feel Pain
3:02It's International Brain Awareness Week!
3:50Listener comment about ketosis, in response to Episode 66: Starvation And Its Benefits
4:55Jesse opens up his new Focus Gamer tDCS Headset
6:50First impressions on the session (and a warning to the appearance-conscious tDCS experimenters)
9:09Jesse's before and after typing test results
10:16Intro to Chris Zobrist and the book that spurred his interest in tDCS and (TMS): The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
11:11Some tDCS devices Chris has used: the Focus Headset and the TCT TRanscranial Kit
12:22Are there noticeable differences in results depending on which type of current is used?
13:12How and why Chris uses tDCS
14:52How does hair affect results?
15:55Electrode placement using the 10-20 EEG system
17:20What are tDCS's mechanisms of action?
19:05When are the results most noticeable and how is tDCS best used?
20:04How does tDCS interact with meditation?
21:47How amp settings affect results
22:57Off-scalp electrode placement
23:56Chris' personal self-improvement experiments, and the connection between Brain-derived neurotrophic factor and tDCS
26:06Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and its effect on neuron excitability
27:40Off-the-shelf versus do-it-yourself tDCS
29:03Speculation on the future of brain stimulation
31:38Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: You Can Sell Your Poop To Science For $13k Per Year
33:29(For Axon users) Show notes online here
Written by 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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