Do brain stimulation devices make you smarter?

Discover why people are using do-it-yourself stimulation devices to boost brain power ⎮ 19 min listen

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When it comes to self-improvement, there’s no shortage of books, tips, websites and online articles, particularly when it comes to boosting memory or brain power. The search term “hack your brain” turns up more than 7 million hits on Google. In this episode, we’re talking about brain stimulation – using external devices involving magnetic fields and electricity to zap the brain. In recent years, a market of do-it-yourself devices has developed, promising products that can deliver a – quote unquote – “instant boost” to memory or attention. But the safety of these devices is another question, as is whether they even work. Learn more by listening to Dr Martin Sale from the Queensland Brain Institute and other guest researchers discuss the topic here.

A Grey Matter

Podcast Series , The Queensland Brain Institute

A Grey Matter is for anyone who has ever wondered how we think, feel, reason and move. The Queensland Brain Institute's neuroscience podcast unlocks the wonders of the brain – the complex and mysterious core of who we are. QBI, at The University of Queensland, works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain.