Recent Lab news


September, 2018. Our work on transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) for brain circuit modulation and performance enhancement was featured on the History Channel’s “In Search Of” hosted by Zach Quinto (aka "Dr. Spock"). We used some tFUS and TMS to tweak some of Zach’s brain circuits before putting him through a performance test. We also chat briefly about the important and concerning topic of bad actors using neuromodulation as weaponized technology. Watch Episode 7 of "In Search Of" hosted by Quinto here.

July, 2018. Our work on transdermal auricular vagal nerve stimulation (taVNS) for sports performance enhancement was featured in the ESPN Films docuseries "Enhanced" produced by Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions. Our work is highlighted in the episodes “Skill Training”, as well as “Mind Gurus” directed by Paul Taublieb of Taublieb Films. Watch “Mind Gurus” here.

Other Recent News

Ultrasound for the brain. Nature, November 7, 2017.

Researchers receive DARPA funding to study language learning. UMD Division of Research, May 10, 2017.

Stimulating the expansion of human cognitive potential. ASU Full Circle, April 26, 2017.

TNT researchers set out to advance pace and effectiveness of cognitive skills training. DARPA News and Events, April 26, 2017.

news & Media Archive

Brain-zapping gadgets promise to make you a better you — smarter, stronger, even happier. Washington Post, Mar. 29, 2016 

Thync big: We had digital content streamed to our nervous system. Wareable, Jan. 13, 2016

Mind over matter: Ultrarunner Dean Karnazes's brain-training device. Sports Illustrated, Sep. 29, 2015 

Can This Gadget Give You Mental Superpowers? - Video GQ, Sep. 23, 2015 

Thync review: Where we just say yes to a drug-like, brain-zapping wearable. Gizmag, July 28, 2015

This Gadget Gives You a Low-Voltage Pick-Me-Up. The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2015, 

Mood-altering wearables: is this the future of getting high? – Video The Guardian, June 25, 2015 

Thync readies its mood-altering wearable for market. TechRepublic, June 22, 2015

Head Device Called First 'Digital Drug’. International Business Times, June 5, 2015

With a jolt, Thync’s mood-enhancing gadget brings calm or focus to your brain. Boston Globe, June 2, 2015,

Therapy Borne on Electrical Currents. The New York Times, May 4, 2015

The Electric Mood-Control Acid Test. Technology Review, March 12, 2015

Tapping into the power of Thync. Tech Republic, March 11, 2015

Hacking your brain. The Economist, March 7, 2015

Will 2015 Be the Year Our Smartphones Link Up to our Brains? A Company Called Thync Thinks So. Popular Science, February 25, 2015

Thync Shares Science Behind its Brain Zapping Wearable. Boston Globe, February 23, 2015

A New Wearable Zaps Your Brain To Help You Focus—Or Relax. Fast Company, February 13, 2015

A gadget to change your mood. Boston Globe Magazine, February 8, 2015

Wearable technology that controls your brain. Fortune, January 30, 2015

This brain-altering wearable could end our dependence on drugs. Quartz, January 12, 2015

Hands-on: Thync mood-changing wearable is like doing drugs, without all the bad stuff. Gizmag, January 8, 2015 

Digital Trends Top Tech of CES 2015 award winners. Digital Trends, Jan. 8, 2015

Want to feel calm or energized? Thync has an app for that. USA Today, December 1, 2014

’Appy ever after. The Sunday Times, November 30, 2014

Devices Changes Your Mood with a Zap to the Head. Technology Review, November 10, 2014

Wearable Tech To Hack Your Brain. CNN, October 23, 2014

Thync's Wearable Won't Just Measure Your Mood, It Will Fix It. IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 8, 2014

Thync to Launch First Mood-Altering Wearable With $13M Led by Khosla. Wall Street Journal, Oct. 8, 2014

Thync Lets You Give Your Mind a Jolt. Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Oct. 8, 2014

Blasting the Brain with Ultrasound Enhances Sensory Abilities. Gizmodo, January 2014

Like Clockwork. New Scientist, September 2013

Could ultrasound stop a seizure? The Apex of Trauma Care, Spring 2012

Circuit Training, New Scientist, April 2011

Noninvasive Ultrasound Pulses Could Treat Neuro Disorders, Enhance Cognitive Function.
Popular Science, June 2010

Brain Stimulation with Ultrasound may Enhance Cognitive Function. Science Daily, June 2010

Surgery using Sound and Light. The Economist - Technology Quarterly, December 2009

Targeting the Brain with Sound Waves. Technology Review, June 2009

Sound and No Fury. The Economist, January 2009

Sound Waves for Brain Waves. IEEE Spectrum, January 2009

Ultrasound Shown to Exert Remote Control over Brain Circuits. Science Daily, November 2008