Electric Zaps Shown to Restore Memory Function to Aging Brains

Apr 26, 2019 | Aging, Boston University, Brain Monitoring

It is commonly believed our ability to retain memories declines as we grow older, whether they’re long-term or short-term in nature. However, a recent study published in Nature Neuroscience set out to prove this isn’t a permanent condition.  Conducted by Boston University, it suggests zapping the brain of a person who’s over 60 years old with a mild electric current could restore their memory function to almost the same capabilities as a younger person’s brain.

While this type of study isn’t new, “The lead study author says the results are more notable because the stimulation appeared to have more lasting effects than in previous studies” according to Tech Know Bits.  Yet some people like Robert Howard, who is an Old Age Psychiatry Professor at University College London, believe more research should be done despite the seemingly positive results.  He claims “Induced improvements in working memory might come at the price of worsening of other areas of cognitive function” which goes to show how delicately complex the human brain truly is.

About Boston University

 Located in Boston, Massachusetts, it’s a university specializing in private research with degrees in law, medical, business and dental available in 17 schools and the same number of colleges along with two urban campuses. In terms of research, it’s primarily focused on Neuroscience, Engineering Biology, Data Science, Infectious Diseases, Photonics, Global and Urban Health.  It is funded by several organizations including: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the European Commission of the European Union, the US Department of Defense, and the US Health Resources and Services Administration.


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