publication . Article . 2014

An ethical discussion of the use of transcranial direct current stimulation for cognitive enhancement in healthy individuals: a fictional case study

Paulo S. Boggio; Claudia Aparecida Valasek; Olivia Morgan Lapenta; Andre R. Brunoni;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2014
  • Publisher: Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique. Because of its low cost, ease of use, safety, and portability, tDCS has been increasingly investigated for therapeutic purposes in neuropsychiatric disorders and in experimental neuropsychological studies with healthy volunteers. These experiments on healthy cognition have shown significant effects on working memory, decision-making, and language. Such promising results have fomented reflections on studying tDCS to enhance or modify normal cognitive function, a concept described by some as "cosmetic" neurology. As the field evolves, discussing whether the use of tDCS in ...
free text keywords: brain stimulation, neuromodulation, ethics, cognitive enhancement, General Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology, Cognition, Healthy individuals, Developmental psychology, Cognitive psychology, Neuropsychology, Working memory, Bioethics, Neurology, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Transcranial direct-current stimulation, medicine.medical_treatment, Psychology
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