DIY tDCS Start Here

New to DIYtDCS? This is the ‘start here’ collection of articles and posts.

  1. DIYtDCS Feed, all articles http://www.diytdcs.com/feed/
  2. My Twitter feed focuses on breaking tDCS research. @DIYtDCS
  3. My Reddit account, where it’s okay to explore the fringes. DIYtDCS
  4. Recommended device? (29V / 2mA model. Promo code ‘diytdcs’ for discount)
  5. Best instruction video for C3/Motorcortex & F3/DLPFC electrode placement.
  6. Is this (tDCS for depression in pregnancy) the first ‘killer app’?
  7. Cognitive Enhancement with Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (video) Roy Hamilton MD
  8. Simple Montage list with electrode placement and research sources.
  9. Marom Bikson & Peter Toshev ‘Your Electric Pharmacy‘ (excellent overview/intro).
  10. Marom Bikson Presentation on State of the Art tDCS 8/13.
  11. My podcast interviews – deep dives into tDCS with key players (iTunes link)
  12. tDCS SubReddit is where the action is. Now with tDCS FAQ!
  13. An ‘Open tDCS’ project.
  14. Dr. Brent Williams’ DIY device and protocol.
  15. Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure focus
  16. Better Living Through Electrochemistry
  17. Clinical tDCS trials seek volunteers. All. Search. (Example: “tDCS AND Los Angeles”)
  18. Neuroscience: Brain buzz Nature Magazine
  19. DLPFC / F3 Locator (you’ll need a tape measure with Centimeters)
  20. Searchable database of tDCS articles from trans-cranial.com
  21. 10–20 international system
  22. Kadosh The Stimulated Brain: Cognitive Enhancement Using NIBS

16 thoughts on “DIY tDCS Start Here

  1. Hi,

    I have a little problem and a question regarding tDCS montage.
    There are 2 points of hypoperfusion in my brain, one around Fz area and one in CP2.
    I did 11 sessions of tDCS with a professional with a montage +Fz and -Oz (everything ok). I was told that +Fz can attentuate the hypoperfusion.

    Then I bought my own tDCS device and did something wreckless. I did 3 sessions on my own with anode in Fz and I put the cathode in Pz instead of Oz (I think Pz is the second area of hypoperfusion and I just made it less excitable, which I don’t think is desirable, for this are to be “understimulated”). I feel little slower to think right now.

    I am not asking for a professional medical advice. All I am asking about is how would somebody reverse the changes made with that wrong montage? Should one reverse the anode and cathode and do again 3 sessions or just put the anode at Pz and attach the cathode to the arm?
    Could anybody who knows the solution contact me at hppd90[theATsighn]wp.pl please?

    I could not find an answer to this anywhere online.
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Is there a place or meetup in the nYc area where I might try tDCS under the supervision of someone who knows what they are doing? I am particularly interested in using tDCS to induce flow.

  3. The link to the podcasts leads to a page full of code. I was able to find the mp3 files amid the mess of code, but most probably wouldn’t bother.

  4. Thank you for your article. I am having an extremely difficult time figuring out which electrode is the anode/cathode. I see all of these diagrams -example(1)- online and they almost always show positive as the anode, yet in a discharging galvanic cell such as a 9 volt battery that anode is “negative”(2).
    (1) http://brmlab.cz/_media/project/brain_hacking/tdcs.jpg?cache=
    (2) http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Anode.html

    The cables of my device are marked as red/positive and black/negative
    I am using a system with a 9 volt battery. What is the your final answer to my problem?

    Thanks for your previous post and help!

  5. They suggest tDCS can both treat diseases like depression and ….. And there was a time when scientists thought lobotomies cured people too.

    • They did indeed – 75 years ago. The science of mind has made vast advances since then. Comparing tDCS to lobotomies is absurd.

  6. I’m so excited- I said a decade ago that we would be able to transmit thoughts via sign language but not this soon! Awesome I’m working on a sign language recognition/animation system and long-term goal was to do what I just mentioned, but I didn’t expect this could be done this year! Great I kinda thought so anyway. Looking forward to collaborating with my group of masterminds for this along with the openEEG project probably

  7. Hey John, thanks for your Twitter response this week. I appreciate you’re facing a lot of time pressure at the moment, but if you have time and it feels right, get in touch with me by email. I’m ramping up a project that looks at activist responses to novel disruptions to our experience of rhythmic time–you can see a tiny piece of it here http://ixdaberlin.groupsite.com/calendar/event/2013/3/13/364071 –and I’m wondering if tDCS activism might be a good topic within the broader project.

    Josh

  8. The Brain Stimulation Clinic in Atlanta provides a home use program for transcranial direct current stimulation.

    Longer tDCS protocols provide more robust response as evidenced by Dr. Colleen Loo’s study utilizing tDCS for treatment-resistant depression, but 30 daily treatments over 6 weeks becomes expensive and logistically difficult, especially for out of town patients. tDCS is easy to do and without side effects enabling self administration which is the anticipated mode of administration. Home use of tDCS is currently available at the Brain Stimulation Clinic in Atlanta. Evaluation, training, stimulator and at-home supervision via Skype, e-mail and telephone allows for longer and multiple protocols conveniently done at home. The lifetime cost is $2,400 which is less than a 1/4 of a single rTMS protocol. 3 years of home use tDCS treatment have demonstrated benefit and safety.

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