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Research group demonstrate brain stimulation using watermelons

On 24 June, representatives from the Physiological Neuroimaging Group in our Department hosted an interactive stand at a collaborative event put on by the Royal Society and the Science Museum Lates in London.

The team gave demonstrations and explanations of how we can use brain stimulation to change the way we learn motor skills. They helped visitors to the museum understand how the research could be used as a tool to help people recover after a stroke.

The team showed visitors the kit used in their daily research, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).  tDCS has been shown to reducereduce the length of time it takes people to react when undertaking motor tasks. It also helps fine motor control recovery in patients and is widely hoped to become an adjunct therapy for stroke recovery in the future. 

In addition, the team talked about the history of stimulation in research and how the equipment used has changed over the years.

The Physiological Neuroimaging Group would like to thank Rogue Resolutions for the loan of their TMS kit – the audience found the demonstrations really interesting and it provoked a lot of questions. They would also like to thank the organisers from the Royal Society and the Science Museum for a really fun evening, and all the visitors who came to find out a bit more about what they do, and whythey do it!

If you would like to find out more about the team’s research, or volunteer for studies, please email physiological.neuroimaging@gmail.com to sign up to receive adverts to your inbox.