The Neuroscience Study Center has designed various brain mapping techniques to obtain a map of brain functions by measuring and statistically processing data acquired from the recording of the brain’s electrical activity.

Two innovative methods based on brain-mapping studies are applied in the treatment of headache, aphasia, emotional response, transsexualism, and sexual disorders:

  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) 

This noninvasive method stimulates brain plasticity (creation of new neural networks connecting brain cells) in injured brain areas by delivering low-intensity electrical stimulation which is not perceived by the subject and does not induce side effects.

  • Neurofeedback 

Widely used abroad but still little known in Italy, this technique for learning self-regulation of brain activity via signals enables subjects to “teach” their brain how to enhance and maintain cognitive function (e.g., improve concentration in attention disorders). It is based on biofeedback principles wherein subjects consciously learn to control their brainwave activity to make use of neurofeedback.

Specific topics of research

  1. Neurophysiological assessment of functional neural plasticity by means of brain mapping analysis
  2. Evaluation of diminished sexual desire by means of brain mapping techniques such as recording of evoked potentials
  3. Neuropathic pain management by TDCS in collaboration with San Giovanni Battista Hospital, Turin
  4. Recovery of motor function by TDCS in persons with aphasia

A study is currently under way on the use of neurofeedback in patients with aphasia and children affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).