Benjamin M. Hampstead, Ph.D, ABPP- CN, University of Michigan Associate Professor in Psychiatry, visited the University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) last week to present on some of the work the university is doing with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS). TDCS uses a coil, applied to the surface of the scalp, which generates a small amount of electrical current that can stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TDCS is less invasive than other types of brain stimulation as electrodes do not have to be implanted in the brain.
Dr. Hampstead talked to UCLL about his research on TDCS and some of the ways TDCS might be applied to help with aphasia. Hampstead heads research studies using TDCS funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health.