Further brainery

18 Jun 2013

Earlier this week I volunteered again at the MRC Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. This time I had my performance measured in two types of task, before and after transcranial direct current stimulation. Did having a current of about 2000mA passed through my occipital lobe lateral occipital cortex for 20 minutes improve my performance? I’m not supposed to say, I’m afraid.

Like last time, it wasn’t entirely a pleasant experience, especially having electrodes and electricity in yer heed. Nevertheless it was a worthwhile experience for all sorts of reasons, and only some of the ongoing experiments involve volunteers undergoing stimulation.

Image shows me (I think it’s more recognisably me, this one) and areas of my brain which metabolised oxygen at higher than average rates while I was looking at images of faces.

Tags: cambridge, brain