The science behind


PlatoWork stimulates with a current density of up to 0.08 mA/cm2. Similar to standard tDCS applications, devices, and the levels that are repeatedly proven to be safe and without Serious Adverse Events (SAE).


The science of tDCS makes it easier for the neurons in your brain to be activated. This results in an increase of transmitted nerve impulses to enhance brain activity while you work and create in your session.

How do we know when PlatoWork - works?

The functionality of PlatoWork is based on a novel network-based stimulation approach, in which mental states are induced by differential modulation of large-scale cortical networks in the brain, as well as their balance across hemispheres.

Stimulating your brain with tDCS will only work if your brain ‘works with it’. tDCS primes your neurons to perform faster, but it only works if you yourself activates them. No input - no effect. This means that you need to activate the stimulated area of the brain to achieve the optimal and desired effect. So, the effects of tDCS depend not only on the stimulation site but also on the task you are performing.

What is tDCS?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, or simply tDCS, is a non-invasive neurostimulation technology, used to modulate neuronal activity and increase synaptic plasticity by applying a low-intensity current to the scalp through two or more electrodes.

The method can affect the activation of neuronal networks but is not strong enough to initiate non-existing neuronal activity. tDCS is used by both clinicians and researchers, and with PlatoScience, it is now safe to use by the general public.


Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to change over time and to adapt to the skills you need. Although the brain is not technically a muscle, it works in a very similar way. 

By enhancing neuroplasticity with tDCS, you can improve your brain’s ability to adapt when you learn new skills. The effects of multiple stimulation sessions are found to have beneficial effects even in healthy people, especially if neurostimulation is done in combination with a task. 

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What task are you performing?

Whether performing a task or not, your brain is constantly active. As you read this, you are producing electrical signals in various brain regions as part of the mental process. tDCS stimulation depends not only on the stimulation site but also on the task you are performing. 

The right place  

 PlatoWork focuses on the areas of the brain that you use when you think. Select the mode that applies to the task at hand, i.e. if you would like to focus, concentrate, rethink or create.

The right task

tDCS works when tasks are combined with a functional target. It is therefore important that you combine a relevant task after stimulation. We have 4 stimulation modes to choose from. 

The right timing  

It takes time for your neurons to respond to the effects of stimulation but will last for an hour, possibly longer. Keep this in mind as you start your recommended 30 minute daily stimulation.

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CrowdScience - join us!

We believe in bringing tDCS to the public and making it accessible for all. In this light, we invite 'PlatoWorkers' to take part in our CrowdScience experiments. Experience the deep focus of neurostimulation whilst joining in the scientific process. 

Further reading

Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

A safety analysis conducted with over 33 000 sessions and 1000 subjects with repeated sessions. 

Bikson et al. (2016)

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Physiology of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

TDCS physiological mechanism such as acute regional effects, neuroplastic effects, cerebral network impact.

Stagg et al. (2018)

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Brain stimulation improves learning more than performance

Evidence for the modulation of long-term synaptic plasticity by tES in practically relevant learning tasks.

Simonsmeier et al. (2018) 

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tDCS enhances motor synergy  and sequence learning

tDCS augmented synergy learning, leading subsequently to faster and more synchronised execution.

Waters-Metenier et al. (2014)

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