Transcranial photobiomodulation enhances visual working memory capacity in humans.

Zhao, Li, Kong, Liu, Hu, Niu, Jensen, Li, Liu, Song (2022) Transcranial photobiomodulation enhances visual working memory capacity in humans. Sci Adv 8(48) eabq3211

Abstract

Transcranial photobiomodulation (tPBM) is a safe and noninvasive intervention that has shown promise for improving cognitive performance. Whether tPBM can modulate brain activity and thereby enhance working memory (WM) capacity in humans remains unclear. In this study, we found that 1064-nm tPBM applied to the right prefrontal cortex (PFC) improves visual working memory capacity and increases occipitoparietal contralateral delay activity (CDA). The CDA set-size effect during retention mediated the effect between the 1064-nm tPBM and subsequent WM capacity. The behavioral benefits and the corresponding changes in the CDA set-size effect were absent with tPBM at a wavelength of 852 nm or with stimulation of the left PFC. Our findings provide converging evidence that 1064-nm tPBM applied to the right PFC can improve WM capacity.

Links

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/36459562
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abq3211

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