#094: Sparking The Brain

September 18, 2015

In Episode #94, Dr. James Giordano joins Jesse for a conversation about brain stimulation technologies that work both through the skull (trans-cranial electric stimulation, or tES, and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, or tMS) and by way of invasive surgical procedures (deep brain stimulation, or DBS). What is today’s state-of-the art and what might it be in the very near future?

Throw in a spirited conversation about neuroethics — Dr. Giordano consults DARPA on these issues, helping to keep the U.S. military’s most sci-fi branch ethically on-track — and you’ve got an episode that will leave your brain fully charged.

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:33

    The application of electricity to the brain.

  • 00:01:43

    This Week In Neuroscience: To punish or not to punish.

  • 00:04:15

    Thank you for the great reviews on iTunes.

  • 00:05:09

    The audience interaction section.

  • 00:06:18

    Jesse introduces Dr. James Giordano.

  • 00:07:44

    An overview on deep brain stimulation, or DBS.

  • 00:09:11

    The OMNI (Octopus Multiple Neurological Implant) device.

  • 00:13:03

    Looking at trans-cranial technologies.

  • 00:16:34

    Differences between trans-cranial electric and magnetic stimulation.

  • 00:18:09

    Neurological nudging.

  • 00:19:36

    Direct-to-consumer options - the road ahead.

  • 00:23:30

    The neuroethics conversation.

  • 00:27:57

    The future trajectory.

  • 00:31:07

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Some interesting astronaut statistics.

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