Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Medicine, Athletics, Gaming and the Military
Non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation this has been cleared by the USDA for the treatment of a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders and other conditions. But this type of brain stimulation is not limited to the medical domain. It is increasingly being used by video “gamers” in an attempt to increase their competitive edge. Moreover, we are seeing increasing use in athletes for performance enhancement. The present talk will be an adaptation of a joint invited address to the USADA (US Anti-D0png Agency, which deals with drug doping in the Olympics) and SMRTL (Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratories, which does the drug testing for the NFL and other professional teams). These agencies are concerned as to whether this practice constitutes “doping.” Potential applications extend even beyond this. The Department of Defense has contracted for studies of whether such non-invasive brain stimulation can enhance performance of combatants. The present talk will highlight developments in this area and prospects for the future.