The neuroethics of non-invasive brain stimulation

24 January 2012

Current Biology

Current Biology Volume 22 No 4 Roi Cohen Kadosh1, Neil Levy, Jacinta O’Shea, Nicholas Shea, and Julian Savulescu

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Transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) is a brain stimulation tool that is portable, painless, inexpensive, apparently safe, and with potential longterm efficacy. Recent results obtained from TDCS experiments offer exciting possibilities for the enhancement and treatment of normal or impaired abilities, respectively. We discuss new euroethical problems that have emerged from the usage of TDCS, and also focus on one of the most likely future applications of TDCS: enhancing learning and cognition in children with typical and atypical development.