Could gentle brain stimulation improve memory?
People with epilepsy often have memory problems. In new research, a team from the Mayo clinic has investigated whether or not memory can be improved with gentle stimulation of various areas of the brain. For the study, the research team recruited people with epilepsy undergoing evaluation for possible surgery to address their seizures. These patients agreed to have their memory tested using the electrodes already planted in their brains for the purposes of this study. Researchers found that word recall was enhanced in those where stimulation was effected in the lateral temporal cortex (the brain regions on the side of the head). The results led Jamie Van Gompel, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and an author in the study to say “These findings may lead to new stimulation devices that treat deficits in memory and cognition”. You can read about the positive findings here: