Brain Zaps Boost Memory Revealing Importance of Lateral Temporal Cortex

Researchers studying the effects of direct brain stimulation by means of electrical pulses on the brain demonstrated enhanced memory and recall by stimulating the brain during poor memory states.

Besides demonstrating memory enhancement they revealed that the success of this research was dependant on stimulating the lateral temporal cortex which has not been the target of previous research in this field. More commonly researchers have looked at stimulating the hippocampus which is crucial to encoding into memory specific events and experiences.

This research is further developing the concept that our memory is not located in one particular place of the brain but is instead a brain-wide process requiring the various parts of the brain to work in conjunction for memory and recall.

Reference: 

Closed-loop stimulation of temporal cortex rescues functional networks and improves memory. / Ezzyat, Youssef; Wanda, Paul A.; Levy, Deborah F.; Kadel, Allison; Aka, Ada; Pedisich, Isaac; Sperling, Michael R.; Sharan, Ashwini D.; Lega, Bradley C.; Burks, Alexis; Gross, Robert E.; Inman, Cory S.; Jobst, Barbara C.; Gorenstein, Mark A.; Davis, Kathryn A.; Worrell, Gregory Alan; Kucewicz, Michal T.; Stein, Joel M.; Gorniak, Richard; Das, Sandhitsu R.; Rizzuto, Daniel S.; Kahana, Michael J.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 9, No. 1, 365, 01.12.2018.

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