#104: Electroceuticals

November 27, 2015

Electrical brain stimulation is a topic we often like to revisit, and this week Jesse is joined by Professor Vincent Clark for a spirited discussion on the emerging world of what Clark calls electroceuticals – and the additive power of advanced neuro-imaging techniques used in concert with neural stimulation.

Also in this episode, we get acquainted with striosomes and approach-avoidance conflicts during decision-making (remember the hesitation you feel before asking that hot cheerleader to dance?).  Also: Science weighs in on “the munchies” — why marijuana users like binging on food Thanksgiving-style even after Thanksgiving has passed.

PS: If you survived the turkey mayhem unscathed, don’t forget to subscribe to Brain Breakfast below.

Show Notes
  • 00:00:25

    Introducing the third anniversary episode.

  • 00:01:42

    This Week In Neuroscience: Decision Making and approach-avoidance.

  • 00:04:23

    Audience interaction section.

  • 00:06:41

    Jesse introduces Prof. Vincent Clark.

  • 00:07:48

    Development of technology and pharmacology over three decades.

  • 00:09:24

    2007 study - Where's Waldo (Military style).

  • 00:12:00

    The mechanism of camouflage.

  • 00:13:12

    tDCS enhancing attention span and neuro-plasticity.

  • 00:14:32

    Mechanism of action for tDCS.

  • 00:16:25

    Duration and intensity.

  • 00:16:59

    Inducing negative effects.

  • 00:17:58

    Developments in tDCS for consumers and DIY usage.

  • 00:19:39

    Electrical activity within a brain.

  • 00:22:23

    The hurdle of a for-profit medical system.

  • 00:26:05

    Performance enhancement, tDCS and meditation.

  • 00:28:44

    tDCS and schizophrenia.

  • 00:30:26

    Electrical vs Magnetic transcranial stimulation.

  • 00:33:51

    Relation between biting and brain activity - orthotics.

  • 00:37:01

    The future of electroceuticals.

  • 00:39:58

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Mystery of munchies - solved.


  1. Ira Shapira says:

    There are many very wierd dental approaches to medical issues. I also treat movement disorders in Chicago but primary focus is on pain. I am sending some patient videos for your review:–zLfVKHbPQ

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      Also check out this more recent episode we did on the (very strange, very cool) conjunction of orthodontics and neurology.

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