1.What is it?
A headpiece designed to stimulate your brain using neurostimulation. This is a direct plug’n’play device that you can use straight out of the box. Tried and tested by over 500 individuals and data from over 40, 000 studies, is this the future of thinking?
Please note: this is not a medical device and has not been tested on individuals with medical conditions.
2. Why is it important?
Data is everywhere. Hence, distraction follows. Focus is one of our main priorities now to get work done effectively and progress into bigger and better things.
PlatoWork has shown to boost cognition in a non- invasive manner without the use of chemicals in order to improve memory, focus and creativity using a scientifically proven method of influencing neuroplasticity.
The method of neurostimulation used, tDCS (Trancranial Direct Current Stimulation) has been shown to be beneficial to healthy subjects and also improve symptoms in patients with tinnitus, depression and mild cognitive impairment. There are currently no known serious adverse events (SAEs) and the common side effects are mild and temporary with no increased risk for adverse events on repeated stimulation. Therefore, the device is safe for home-usage and allows the user to used a cloud based service for data tracking which can be used for larger scientific studies in the future.
The reported adverse events include: skin irritation beneath electrodes, moderate fatigue, headache, in rare cases nausea
Potential use has also been suggested in the sports field, could tDCS boost physiological performance as we know it?
3. How does it work?
- tDCS – transcranial direct current stimulation is the form of neuromodulation used to influence how you train your brain via weak electric current to specific areas of the brain; dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the precuneus
- PlatoScience recommends up to 30 minutes of use per day under standard safety regulations
- overall, the stimulation increases the RMP (resting membrane potential) of a neuron so it can be excited more easily and it also undergoes less repolarisation
- there are 4 stimulation modes – learn, create, concentrate and rethink
- use the PlatoScience app to choose your required mode
- the device has 3 electrodes; 2 for the right and left prefrontal cortex and one towards the back for the precuneus
- the electrodes are not strong enough to spark activity where there is no neuronal activity already present
- therefore, start your task before using the device to ensure the best results
- the brain takes time to respond to the stimulation but the effects appear during use and last approximately an hour post use
- over time, the effects may last due to neuroplasticity so you can use the device for different types of task and adapt the use as your needs change
- no two brains are the same, so user results may vary as some have reported differences in cognition and motor skills with some having no effect from stimulation
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- The scientific foundation for the PlatoWork neurostimulation headsetOnarheim B1 , Holm SU1 , Friis-Olivarius M1
- Angius, L., Mauger, A. R., Hopker, J., Pascual-Leone, A., Santarnecchi, E., & Marcora, S. M. (2018). Bilateral extracephalic transcranial direct current stimulation improves endurance performance in healthy individuals. Brain stimulation, 11( 1), 108-117
- Arciniega, H., Gözenman, F., Jones, K. T., Stephens, J. A., & Berryhill, M. E. (2018) Frontoparietal tDCS benefits visual working memory in older adults with low working memory capacity. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 10, 57
- Edwards, D. J., Cortes, M., Wortman-Jutt, S., Putrino, D., Bikson, M., Thickbroom, G., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2017). Transcranial direct current stimulation and sports performance.Frontiers in human neuroscience, 11, 243