Olympians Look for an Edge with Brain Stimulation

Olympians Look for an Edge with Brain Stimulation Despite the lack of peer-reviewed evidence, startup Halo Neuroscience says its brain-zapping headphones have helped athletes get more from their training. Several sprinters and hurdlers who will be competing for Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro next month have been using a new training tool in preparation: stylish headphones that double as a brain stimulator. The device looks and works like real headphones but is engineered to precisely deliver mild electric current to the motor cortex, an area of the brain that coördinates movement. Dan Chao, cofounder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience, which developed the device and has been selling it for several months, says the company’s data shows that if elite athletes wear the stimulator while they train, it can make…


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