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Novel Applications of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: From Neuropsychiatric Disorders towards Human..
"Novel Applications of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: From Neuropsychiatric Disorders towards Human Enhancement"
Bashar Badran, Ph.D. (ABD), Departments of Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina
Presented: February 23, 2017
ABSTRACT: Noninvasive brain stimulation methods allow for targeted, direct modulation of neural networks. These methods vary in terms of their energy, focality, and electrophysiological and therapeutic effect. While initially investigated as non-pharmacological treatments for mood disorders, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) are powerful tools being explored to treat a variety of conditions. This talk will aim to achieve two goals: 1) An overview and insight on current and novel paradigms involving TMS, tDCS, and a new form of noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation known as transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) being developed at The Medical University of South Carolina. 2) The development and future implications of “e-meditation,” a novel technique we have developed to enhance mindfulness meditation using tDCS.
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