#044: Do-It-Yourself Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

August 11, 2014

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.

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:31

    Introduction to Nathan Whitmore and OpenBrainStim

  • 00:01:34

    This Week in Neuroscience: Could Liquid Hard Drive Implants Upgrade Our Brains?

  • 00:03:46

    Software/hardware experimentation and “Back to the Future”

  • 00:05:02

    How does transcranial direct current stimulation work?

  • 00:06:02

    Electrode positioning: The international 10–20 system

  • 00:07:36

    The difference between right and left-handed brains

  • 00:08:58

    The origin of OpenBrainStim

  • 00:10:51

    Safety considerations and the maximum electricity used

  • 00:12:25

    Hypothesis on prefrontal cortex stimulation: improving working memory versus interference with existing skills

  • 00:13:33

    The tDCS community and goals for the future

  • 00:15:30

    Commercial retail tDCS devices and iontophoresis machines used as alternitives

  • 00:16:11

    Session lengths and associated effects

  • 00:17:57

    How safe is tDCS?

  • 00:19:06

    Where should you start?

  • 00:20:21

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