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Brain stimulation guides people through an invisible maze

You’re stuck in a maze. You can’t see the walls, or the floor. All you have to navigate is a device on your head stimulating your brain to tell you which way to go. In an experiment at the University of Washington in Seattle, participants solved a maze puzzle guided only by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The findings suggest that this type of brain prompt could be used to augment virtual reality experiences or help give people who are blind “visual” information about their surroundings.

Transcranial direct current stimulation shows promise for depression therapy

Small amounts of electricity similar to the output of a common 9-volt battery could improve life for people living with major depression, the most common mood disorder. A new study at the University of Kansas will investigate the potential of transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, whereby a safe, low current of electricity is applied to the brain by placing electrodes on a person's scalp. The painless technique may be a useful as a therapy for depression, especially in conjunction with antidepressant medications.

Self-Control Isn’t Just Controlling Impulses, but Also Changing Perspective

This theory was tested using transcranial magnetic stimulation to disrupt the function of the pTPJ in two separate studies on volunteer subjects from the University of Zurich. The disruption of this subregion of the brain would ultimately indicate if the subjects still held their capacity of self-control or if they became selfish and impulsive. The first study investigated 43 subjects who performed two tasks.