May 25, 2008

A Gentler Way to Jump-Start the Brain

Deeply affected: Patients with severe depression may find relief with the help of a wired helmet (above). A magnetic field generated by the helmet harmlessly induces electric currents deep in the brain, giving underactive neurons a much-needed jump start. 
Credit: Brainsway
Scientists in Israel are testing a noninvasive method to electrically stimulate neurons deep in the brain.

An article in Technology Review on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.