Ultrasound waves sent to specific brain regions can alter a person’s mood, according to a new study published in the journal Brain Stimulation. The research, conducted by University of Arizona researchers, has led to further investigations with the hope that this procedure could one day be used to treat mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
….Hameroff wanted to try ultrasound treatment for mood in human brains.
“I said to my anesthesiology colleagues, ‘we should try this on chronic pain patient volunteers’,” he said.
His colleagues respectfully suggested he try it on himself first. Hameroff agreed.
He placed an ultrasound transducer against his head for 15 seconds and felt no effect.
“I put it down and said, ‘well, that’s not going to work.’ And then about a minute later I started to feel like I’d had a martini,” he said.