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This Device Can Zap Your Brain Into A State Of Zen. Is That A Good Thing?

What if you could zap your brain into a state of calm or energy with only the push of a button? It may sound like the stuff of sci-fi, but it's now the promise of a new class of tech wearables created by teams of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and neuroscientists. Several devices have come onto the market claiming to use brain stimulation to alter an individual's mental state. One of the latest is Thync Vibes ($299), a stick-on device that delivers low-grade electrical pulses ("vibes") into the scalp to cause a change in automatic nervous system activity.  How does it actually work? Those who are brave enough to try it will stick a small triangular device onto the side of the forehead and attach another small strip to the back of the neck or behind the ear. Using the Thync iPhone app, you adjust the intensity and duration of the session, which can range from 5 to 20 minutes. During that time, pulses of electricity will activate either your parasympathetic nervous system (the "rest and digest" system, which slows the heart rate) or your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the "fight or flight" response), depending on whether you choose the "calm" or "energy" setting.  Thync, which is led by CEO Isy Goldwasser and neuroscientist/chief scientific officer Jamie Tyler, aims to "bring neuroscience to everyday people." So far, the company has received more than $13 million from inves...
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Source: Psychiatry Investigation - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry Investig Source Type: research
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Source: Annual Review of Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Annu Rev Immunol Source Type: research
Authors: Lee KA, Lee NY, Park TS, Jin HY Abstract Present study investigated the morphologic changes of autonomic nerves in the adipose tissue in diabetic animal model. Male obese type 2 diabetic db/db mice and age matched non-diabetic db/m control mice were used. Epididymal adipose tissue from diabetic db/db mice with that from control heterozygous db/m mice was compared using confocal microscopy-based method to visualize intact whole adipose tissue. Immunohistochemistry with tyrosine hydroxylase for sympathetic (SP), choline acetyltransferase for parasympathetic (PSP), and protein gene product 9.5 (PGP 9.5) for w...
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Source: Rivista di Psichiatria - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Riv Psichiatr Source Type: research
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