Boosting your kid’s brainpower

Are parents - and society - ready to use electrical brain stimulation to make kids smarter?

An Oxford University researcher will soon test whether applying an electric current to part of the brain can help children learn math — an effect previously demonstrated in adults. Parents are already lining up for access to the device. But is the technique safe? And is this an ethical way to improve a child’s performance in school?

My story aired on The World, in partnership with NOVA.

~ by Ari Daniel on October 25, 2012.

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