Electromagnetic Jolts To The Brain Boost Memory In New Study

September 1, 2014 2:17 PM

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Our memories are annoyingly glitchy. Names, dates, birthdays, and the locations of car keys fall through the cracks, losses that accelerate at an alarming pace with age and in neurodegenerative diseases. Now, by applying electromagnetic pulses through the skull to carefully targeted brain regions, researchers have found a way to boost memory performance in healthy people. The new study sheds light on the neural networks that support memories and may lead to therapies for people with memory deficits, researchers say.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is an increasingly popular therapy for psychiatric disorders that involves placing fist-sized coiled magnets on the scalp to stimulate different brain regions. Although researchers aren't sure why or how it works, it does appear to benefit some patients. La...

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