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Northwestern University

Electrically Stimulating Brain Boosts Memory

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Caption: Stimulating a region in the brain with non-invasive electrical current using magnetic pulses (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study in Science. The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and the memory problems that occur in healthy aging. This is the first time the memory function of the adult brain has been changed, and it was done without surgery or drugs.

Credit: Erin White, Northwestern University

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