The Application of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation on Neurology, Psychiatry, and Rehabilitation

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 17 June 2024 | Viewed by 1548

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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China
Interests: neuromodulation; neuroimaging; neurorehabilitation; neurophysiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques have emerged as promising clinical and research tools. These techniques involve the application of electrical, magnetic, or ultrasonic stimuli to specific brain regions to modulate neuronal activity and potentially alleviate symptoms associated with various neurological and psychiatric disorders.

In this Special Issue of Brain Sciences, we would like to collect and share the latest research findings about the application of non-invasive brain stimulation on neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation. This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive platform for researchers, clinicians, and experts in the field to share their insights, cutting-edge research, and perspectives on brain stimulation techniques in clinical application.

The Special Issue will cover a broad range of topics, including but not limited to transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial electrical stimulation, low-intensity ultrasonic stimulation, and photobiomodulation. We invite submissions of original articles, reviews, case studies, and perspectives that explore the latest advancements in non-invasive brain stimulation. The Special Issue will encompass research on both scientific and clinical aspects, including studies investigating efficacy, safety, mechanisms of action, the optimization of stimulation protocols, and novel applications of brain stimulation in diverse disease conditions. Contributions focusing on the integration of non-invasive brain stimulation with other interventional modalities or innovative approaches to enhance stimulation paradigms are also highly welcome.

Dr. Jack Zhang
Guest Editor

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  • neuromodulation
  • brain stimulation
  • neurology
  • psychiatry
  • neurorehabilitation

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Light and the Brain: A Clinical Case Depicting the Effects of Light on Brainwaves and Possible Presence of Plasma-like Brain Energy
by Zamzuri Idris, Zaitun Zakaria, Ang Song Yee, Diana Noma Fitzrol, Muhammad Ihfaz Ismail, Abdul Rahman Izaini Ghani, Jafri Malin Abdullah, Mohd Hasyizan Hassan and Nursakinah Suardi
Brain Sci. 2024, 14(4), 308; - 25 Mar 2024
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Light is an electromagnetic radiation that has visible and invisible wavelength spectrums. Visible light can only be detected by the eyes through the optic pathways. With the presence of the scalp, cranium, and meninges, the brain is seen as being protected from direct [...] Read more.
Light is an electromagnetic radiation that has visible and invisible wavelength spectrums. Visible light can only be detected by the eyes through the optic pathways. With the presence of the scalp, cranium, and meninges, the brain is seen as being protected from direct exposure to light. For that reason, the brain can be viewed as a black body lying inside a black box. In physics, a black body tends to be in thermal equilibrium with its environment and can tightly regulate its temperature via thermodynamic principles. Therefore, a healthy brain inside a black box should not be exposed to light. On the contrary, photobiomodulation, a form of light therapy for the brain, has been shown to have beneficial effects on some neurological conditions. The proposed underlying mechanisms are multiple. Herein, we present our intraoperative findings of rapid electrocorticographic brainwave changes when the brain was shone directly with different wavelengths of light during awake brain surgery. Our findings provide literature evidence for light’s ability to influence human brain energy and function. Our proposed mechanism for these rapid changes is the presence of plasma-like energy inside the brain, which causes fast brain activities that are akin to lightning strikes. Full article
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