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Brain Stimulation in Neurology and Psychiatry

Edited by Edited by Timothy A. Pedley (Columbia University Medical Center), Sarah H. Lisanby (Duke University School of Medicine), Helen S. Mayberg (Emory University School of Medicine), and Nicholas D. Schiff (Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University)
Brain Stimulation in Neurology and Psychiatry

Published: August 2012

Volume 1265

A collection of papers highlighting the rapidly evolving field of brain stimulation.
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This volume brings together neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and ethicists to discuss interrelated advances and challenges emerging in the exciting field of brain stimulation. Discussion focuses on new methodologies that are aimed at bringing direct measurement of brain activity to control electrical brain stimulation techniques. Such direct electrical stimulation techniques offer a novel approach to precisely alter circuit mechanisms in the brain and a promise of temporal precision that may improve clinically relevant effects. A range of electrical stimulation techniques are discussed, with presentation of both clinical research and animal models. Advancing brain stimulation as an investigative therapeutic technique and a science presents several conceptual challenges, ethical question and pragmatic difficulties inherent to the industrial academic collaborations necessary for research with medical devices.