Scientists at the Institute of Advanced Technology in Shenzhen, southern China, are developing a brain stimulation device in the form of a helmet that can improve brain functions and memory by manipulating the brain waves, for example, by stimulating the mind or reducing anxiety, as the official Chinese press agency, Xinhua, reported earlier.
The helmet could help patients with ADHD, depressions and neurodegenerative disorders
The team leading the research, linked to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and led by Professor Wei Pengfei, is working on this brain stimulation device that could help children with Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as patients with depression, Alzheimer’s disease, aphasia or Parkinson’s disease.
The device develops non-invasive stimulation methods by using electrode sensors that identify brain waves and send them pulses that can alter them, regulating the activity of neurons.
The scientists asserted this brain stimulation device can improve memory and brain functions
Wei-led scientists experiment with rodents, primates, and humans, but have also developed digital brain models using artificial intelligence to measure brain activity and identify possible areas and parameters of brain activity.
Initial experiments with human patients showed that after wearing the helmet for 15 minutes they could better memorize chains of words, letters or numbers, and the results are especially remarkable two hours after the tests.
The Chinese plan on enhancing their clinical trials on patients with autism and schizophrenia
The Shenzhen Institute wants to increase the spectrum of clinical trials in hospitals, with patients diagnosed with problems such as autism or schizophrenia.
The study of technologies to stimulate the brain, initially through surgical implants, began half a century ago, although, with the development of new technologies, a brain stimulation device became less invasive, similar to electroencephalograms, and computer models.
In short, the Chinese scientists at the Institute of Advanced Technology in Shenzhen, China, work on a brain stimulation device to improve brain functions and memory in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, depression, aphasia, autism, schizophrenia, and AD/HD.