Researchers at Northwestern Medicine have now discovered another therapeutic use for applying electric current to the brain: bolstering memory. According to a study in the August 29 issue of Science, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — put simply, using a powerful electromagnet to shoot electricity into a person’s head — can stimulate the parts of the brain associated with memory, such that the neurons in that brain region work better together.

The research has dramatic implications for memory-impaired individuals, such as Alzheimer’s patients and stroke victims, as well as those who have suffered from memory loss due to psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.

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