Brain Stimulation May Help Anxiety

In collaboration with researchers at the Univ. of Oxford, researchers at The Univ. of Western Australia discovered that brain stimulation may help retrain unhelpful cognitive habits associated with anxiety and depression. The study, published in the international journal Biological Psychiatry, revealed that a computer-based cognitive retraining procedure, known as attention bias modification, was markedly improved in effectiveness when approximately 20 minutes of targeted electrical stimulation was applied to a region of the brain’s frontal cortex. UWA lead author, Patrick Clarke, notes that attention bias modification and transcranial direct current stimulation(tDCS) together can effectively enhance activity in areas of the brain and treat anxiety disorders, depression, addiction.

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