The Frontal Cortex

TMS

There’s something a little scary to me about TMS. (I should note, though, that my fear is irrational: the technology is now extremely safe. Seizures are a very, very rare side-effect of TMS. Unless, that is, you already have a brain lesion.) But this video shows just how easy it is to short-circuit a particular brain function. I particularly liked the elegant dissociation between speech and singing:

Comments

  1. #1 CRM-114
    May 20, 2008

    What about OCD? Phobias? Bipolar disorder? Depression?

    On the downside, I could see this tried with higher power levels for ‘re-education’ (as torture). I think that would be more frightening as a deterrent than the prospect of execution, living on indefinitely after literally losing your mind.

  2. #2 scicurious
    May 21, 2008

    Wow. That is incredibly cool! How do you feel about ECT? It’s not exactly what “A Beautiful Mind” makes it out to be.

  3. #3 Alan
    May 21, 2008

    Upon seeing the abbreviation, TMS, your prior post concerning back pain and tension myositis syndrome sprang to mind. Good thing that’s another topic altogether!

  4. #4 CHCH
    May 21, 2008

    Very interesting, but let’s be clear: no one knows whether TMS is truly safe in the long term. in fact, many think it does have long term effects (hence its use for treating depression) and so it seems possible that some of those are negative.

    This is a HUGE unknown, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say people who use it are irresponsible, I am comfortable saying that their institutional review boards probably are.

  5. #5 Sandra
    May 25, 2008

    All I am able to see is an error message: “The video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from this website.” Do you have a link instead?

  6. #6 Estetik
    December 2, 2008

    i think Santos got the douchebag meet heads all sorted out. i went there last week to see matthew dear and i was like WTF is going on?!

  7. #7 geciktirici
    February 15, 2009

    Very interesting, but let’s be clear: no one knows whether TMS is truly safe in the long term. in fact, many think it does have long term effects (hence its use for treating depression) and so it seems possible that some of those are negative.

    This is a HUGE unknown, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say people who use it are irresponsible, I am comfortable saying that their institutional review boards

  8. Great information! Very useful for me. Thanks a lot.
    The idea is awesome. Congrats.

  9. #9 beydag
    November 29, 2011

    selam arkadasım
    Very interesting, but let’s be clear: no one knows whether TMS is truly safe in the long term. in fact, many think it does have long term effects (hence its use for treating depression) and so it seems possible that some of those are negative.