Professor Anne-Maree Farrell in The Conversation: “Brain stimulation is getting popular with gamers – is it time to regulate it?”

On 17 October 2016, La Trobe Law School Associate Professor Anne-Maree Farrell published an article in The Conversation titled ‘Brain stimulation is getting popular with gamers – is it time to regulate it?‘ In the article, the authors comment on the lack of regulation governing the safety and effectiveness of brain stimulation devices:

“The low current issued by a tDCS device is not enough to cause brain cells to fire, but it changes their readiness to fire. This has been shown to enhance memory, attention, language and mathematics skills. In medical terms, tDCS is being trialled for the treatment of chronic pain, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

These devices are also being marketed to DIY gamers, with enthusiastic take-up. For many gamers, these products are seen as the most advanced tool available for enhancing their performance. But despite the marketing hype, evidence of the effectiveness of commercial tDCS devices in the gaming environment is not clear.”

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