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.
Key Terms Mentioned
- This Week in Neuroscience: Could Liquid Hard Drive Implants Upgrade Our Brains?
- The International 10-20 System
- tDCS Subreddit
- TCT Stimulator
- The Brain Stimulator
- Smart Drug Smarts’ Suggestion Box
Introduction to Nathan Whitmore and OpenBrainStim
This Week in Neuroscience: Could Liquid Hard Drive Implants Upgrade Our Brains?
Software/hardware experimentation and “Back to the Future”
How does transcranial direct current stimulation work?
Electrode positioning: The international 10–20 system
The difference between right and left-handed brains
The origin of OpenBrainStim
Safety considerations and the maximum electricity used
Hypothesis on prefrontal cortex stimulation: improving working memory versus interference with existing skills
The tDCS community and goals for the future
Commercial retail tDCS devices and iontophoresis machines used as alternitives
Session lengths and associated effects
How safe is tDCS?
Where should you start?
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