Study shows transcranial learning effect not dependent on neuron firing rates. HRL Laboratories, LLC, researchers have determined how non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could increase performance of associative learning.
HRL Laboratories, LLC, was represented at the 3rd Annual Brain Initiative Investigators meeting by Dr. Praveen Pilly, who presented Improving Memory Performance by Augmenting Consolidation with Transcranial Stimulation in the plenary session on “Applications of BRAIN Technologies”.
Dr. Matthew Phillips and his team of investigators from HRL’s Information & System Sciences Laboratory used transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in order to improve learning and skill retention. “We measured the brain activity patterns of six commercial and military pilots, and then transmitted these patterns into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an airplane in a realistic flight simulator,” he says.