tDCS and Learning: A Primer
At Caputron, we believe in introducing the most innovative yet effective cranial stimulation solutions across a variety of implementation methods. Transcranial direct current stimulation, otherwise known as tDCS, is a popular option for many, particularly those who seek improved focus and learning capacity. To paint a clearer picture, let’s explore in further detail the link between tDCS and effective learning.
Making Working Memory Work
First, let’s dig a little deeper into working memory (WM). This is the cognitive functionality to enable more complex thought processes. However, humans can only utilize it so much — the general consensus of our only being capable of using a small percentage of our brainpower comes to mind here. In a recent study, it was proven that tDCS can be used to help improve the effectiveness of training geared towards boosting working memory capabilities in individuals, particularly with healthy younger adults. With that in mind, improving one’s learning capabilities is most possible when combining established means of education with proven and effective technology — in this case, working memory training and tDCS.
A standout benefit of tDCS, largely due to the way such devices, such as LIFTiD or PlatoWork, can hone in and target specific areas of the brain through the use of careful electrode placement, is focus improvement. It’s safe to say that there are a lot of noises and distractions in the world around us, whether in the workplace, at school or otherwise. tDCS gives the mind a gentle nudge in the right direction and, when combined with strategies aimed at retraining the brain to focus on specific tasks and mute that noise, it can serve as an effective way to study and remain productive. In an age of growing classroom sizes, constant office layout experimentation and more, this can prove to be a very handy benefit over time.
It’s All About Electrode Placement
tDCS systems such as those made available through Caputron utilize special electrodes to carefully, safely and effectively administer a small current to targeted areas of the brain related to working memory and cognitive efficiency. That low-intensity current then stimulates the brain cells in the area mapped to these electrodes. As a result, where the pads containing these electrodes are placed on your head is of critical importance. Not following established guidelines can end up in you accidentally triggering other thought processes, emotions, and more — nothing dangerous, but not what we’re trying to achieve in this instance when attempting to improve learning capabilities.
By arranging pre-set sessions and using a tDCS device on a sufficiently recurring basis, you’ll find yourself more capable of retaining and focusing on information. Studying will become less arduous and will feel more natural, and you may even encounter improved long-term focus on major tasks. The latter in particular is the result of cortical excitability modulation, which is pretty much like hitting a “refresh” button and relearning various cognitive processes to make them more efficient. The end result means improved mood, reactivity, and overall focus control.
tDCS is a wonderful tool, useful for helping you get the very most out of your existing working memory-boosting strategies and other learning processes. They complement each other well, leading to a wide range of benefits. If you would like to learn more about tDCS for the purposes of learning and improved focus, we at Caputron are happy to help. We offer a wide range of tDCS devices and learning resources to ensure you make an informed purchasing decision. Contact us today or browse our selection online to learn more, and experience tDCS for yourself!