27 Feb '13, 4pm

Where to zap the brain in order to run/bike/swim faster. Seriously!

The most interesting and controversial research in exercise science over the past decade or so has focused on the role of the brain in sports performance. How, exactly, do we decide how fast we can go, when to keep pushing and when to give up? Lots of studies have shown how the brain can be tricked -- with drugs, or illusions, or false feedback. But the next stage is just getting underway: peering inside the brain to figure out how it all works. This endeavor is just in its infancy, but interesting studies are starting to emerge, like this one just published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine by a Brazilian group. They recruited 10 national-class cyclists, applied a direct current to a specific region of their brains for 20 minutes, and then put them through an incremental cycle test to exhaustion. The region they targeted is the left temporal cortex (though the exc...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/zap-your-br...

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