An Alzheimer’s Study Used Electrostimulation to Evoke Vivid Memories – Here’s What It Could Mean (The Conversation)

An Alzheimer’s Study Used Electrostimulation to Evoke Vivid Memories – Here’s What It Could Mean

A group of researchers tested the use of deep brain stimulation to improve memory and cognition in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (ADvance trial). While the long-term benefit on memory was not as robust as expected, almost half of the patients reported recalling past experiences. This is a notable observation as it occurred in individuals with memory problems. Furthermore, it can improve researchers’ understanding of the way memory is formed and retrieved.

Dr. Kelly D. Foote, co-director of the Movement Disorders Center and assistant professor of Neurosurgery, participated as one of the authors of the research that provides further insight into the effect of electrical stimulation in the area of the fornix in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. It also provides one more piece of information in the scientific quest to treat this condition.

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