Man's Parkinson's Tremors Vanish With The Touch Of A Button – But How?

The short answer is deep brain stimulation (DBS), a targeted form of electrotherapy used to treat brain disorders like Parkinson's disease and OCD. The long answer, i.e. why DBS is sometimes so remarkably effective, remains poorly understood – but researchers this week took a big step on their path to… » 10/02/14 10:20am 10/02/14 10:20am

Boosting Brain Power Comes At A Price

Studies show that mild electrical currents can accelerate a number of cognitive functions, such as learning and math. But researchers now say there are mental tradeoffs to doing so. » 4/28/14 10:00pm 4/28/14 10:00pm

New Brain Stimulation Technique Makes You Better At Math

After just five days of non-invasive brain stimulation and a bit of cognitive training, researchers at Oxford University were able to enhance people's high-level abilities, such as mental arithmetic and manual calculations. And remarkably, the effect lasts for months. » 5/16/13 11:00am 5/16/13 11:00am

Is it time we got over the taboo against human enhancement?

Slate writer Will Oremus has put together a fairly revealing article about how easy it’s becoming to supercharge our brains, prompting him to wonder why there’s still so much push-back against the idea of technologically enhancing ourselves. » 4/02/13 2:27pm 4/02/13 2:27pm