Asked by Akash Guruswamy on Feb 29, 2024



Researchers are now looking for new ways to stimulate the brains of severely depressed individuals. One method, called __________, involves the use of a pulsing coil held to a person's skull at the left prefrontal cortex.

A) psychosurgery
B) deep brain stimulation
C) electroconvulsive therapy
D) transcranial magnetic stimulation


Surgical operations on the brain intended to relieve severe mental disorders.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

A non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, often used in treating depression and other neurological conditions.

Prefrontal Cortex

The part of the brain located at the front of the frontal lobe, associated with decision making, problem-solving, control of purposeful behaviors, consciousness, and emotions.

  • Discern the implementation of electroconvulsive therapy and supplementary brain stimulation procedures for severe depression treatment.

Verified Answer

Alexis Mitchell

Feb 29, 2024

Final Answer :
Explanation :
The method described involves the use of a pulsing coil, which indicates the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), making option D the correct choice. Option A, psychosurgery, involves invasive surgical procedures and is not commonly used to treat depression. Option B, deep brain stimulation, involves the implantation of electrodes in specific areas of the brain and is typically reserved for severe cases of depression that have not responded to other treatments. Option C, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), involves inducing seizures in the brain and is typically used as a last resort when other treatments have failed. The description given in the question does not match the procedure used in ECT.