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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Today, toys, cars, cookers, TVs, and hi-fi equipment are built with computer technology that means every minor fault seems to necessitate buying a replacement or paying an expert a sum close to the cost of buying a replacement for repairs. Before this, we all had a good chance of working out how things worked because they could be taken apart, tinkered with, repaired, and rebuilt. Many brain scientists belong to this taking apart, tinkering, and fixing tradition. Some investigate the effects of lesions in animals and accidental brain damage in humans and in doing so they can ask which parts are necessary for specific functions. Over the past 25 years, it has become possible to interfere with human brain functions safely and reversibly, and to ...

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