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Singing the Brain Electric

Grace Chua

How deep-brain stimulation, in which electrodes are implanted within the brain, was developed and how it works.

Singing the Brain Electric Brain pacemakers, scientists have found, can treat depression by correcting neural circuitry gone haywire. This thesis examines how such technology – a technique known as deep-brain stimulation, in which electrodes are implanted within the brain – was developed and how it works. We are introduced to a patient who received deep-brain stimulation for her refractory depression, and consider the risks, ethical issues, and questions of humanity and identity the technology raises.

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Grace Chua Written by Grace Chua