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Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots

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The researchers said continuous gentle brain stimulation was more effective in helping subjects learn than a brief stimulation of their brains before learning.

An experimental subject receives non-invasive brain stimulation while learning to use the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

Credit: Guido Caccianiga et al.

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers found stimulating people's brains with gentle electric currents could boost their ability to learn in virtual environments.

Study participants drove a surgical needle through three small holes, first in a virtual simulation and then in a real scenario, using the da Vinci Research Kit, an open-source research robot.

Participants who received steady electrical currents showed a notable boost in dexterity, compared to those who received such stimulation only at the beginning of the process.

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