Don’t Try This At Home: Neuroscience Edition

Don’t Try This At Home: Neuroscience Edition

Science, medical, and technology are three industries in a fluid state of intersection. Increasingly, the tech industry is bringing science and medicine into the home. By way of science-fiction novels, there may be a world in the future where doctors live to invent and humans treat themselves with the push of a button or audio command. While the technological revolution hasn’t achieved such great heights as of yet, there are advancements being made. Some are significant. Tried and proven true, these kinds of treatments and opportunities provide great promise. Others are concerning. Though the technology is real and the application is manageable, the results are questionable and even dangerous.

One such technology is tDCS, or transcranial direct current stimulation. The use of transcranial current stimulation is finding acclaim in the addiction treatment and mental health fields. Addiction and certain mental illness cause cognitive impairments over time. Rewiring the brain through harmful chemicals, or natural chemical imbalance, addiction and mental illness create deficits in the executive functions of cognition. For the treatment industry, using such a technology makes sense. Psychotherapeutic practices necessitate full cognitive presence. Without the ability to create knowledge out of information input, the important lessons and revelations discovered in processing groups cannot be processed.

Cognitive development is not only to the benefit of those in treatment centers. Major tech companies are marketing cognitive programs and algorithms, in other words, tech that thinks for itself. In an ongoing trend of enhanced performance, everyday people are interested in the potential of cognitive improvements. Medicalxpress.com illustrates that the tDCS is a device “made up of a band that wraps around one’s head with electrodes placed at specific scalp locations to target specific brain regions which transmit varying levels of electrical current to the brain to achieve the desired result.” Those results can include relaxation, energy, focus, and creativity.

Problematically, the appearance of a scientifically used device in the home leads users to believe that the same scientifically achieved results can appear as well. At the top of a list drafted by researchers of reasons why these devices shouldn’t be used at home is uncertainty. They are uncertain that the stimulations affect only the targeted area. How they affect other areas and to what result is unknown.

Neuroscience and cognitive enhancement are not yet DIY projects for the at home tech-lover. The brain remains a remarkably sensitive subject, the slightest alteration of which can lead to disabling ripple effects. Thankfully, an increasing amount of addiction and mental health treatment providers are offering clinically lead treatments based in neuroscience.

 

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