Scientists Find New Way to Boost Memory: 'Electric Current'
As a result of their research, scientists discovered that sending harmless electrical waves to the brain can help strengthen memory for a month.
Some scientists from America's leading university discovered that sending harmless electrical waves to the brain helps strengthen memory for a month.
As part of the scientific research, tests were conducted on both "working" memory, which indicates short-term memory, and long-term memory, of volunteer participants. As a result, it was determined that the participants in the study performed higher in word memorization games.
Although it is not yet clear what these results mean for people's daily lives, it is stated that such methods can be used in areas such as alleviating the weakening of the memory of the elderly, treating some diseases and preparing for exams more easily.
Effective Result in 1 Month
An electrode cap was attached to the heads of the study participants. Then, a controlled electric current was given to the person who felt a slight itching or tingling sensation. Thus, the brain waves in the targeted areas of the brain were changed as desired.
Study participants were given stimulants for 20 minutes for four consecutive days. Throughout the studies, participants were asked to memorize lists of words and read the lists a month later.
The results of this study, the results of which were published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, revealed that the participants who had the most difficulty playing memory games at the beginning of the study were the highest performers after the studies were completed.
To Be Tried In The Treatment Of Alzheimer's Disease
With age, people can become more forgetful. However, it is not yet known how effective the application of this type of stimulant therapy, beyond word games, will be against aging of the brain in real life.
Diseases that cause memory loss, such as Alzheimer's, are caused by the death of brain cells.
Scientists continue to work on whether this technology can be used to treat disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder by stimulating still-living brain cells.