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Scientists develop 'thinking cap'

By T.K. Randall
February 7, 2011 · Comment icon 5 comments

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It is thought that supplying an electric current to the brain can improve our mathematical talents.
A study that asked participants to solve a series of Roman numeral math problems found that those who wore a device that delivered a current designed to increase activity in one part of the brain and reduce activity in another fared much better on average at solving the problems than those who didn't.
Are we entering the era of the thinking cap - a device to supercharge our brains? Could there be a time when everyone from schoolchildren to pensioners, and artists to accountants top up their natural abilities with some funky head-gear?

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Karlis 13 years ago
Scientists have shown that zapping the grey matter with a gentle electrical current helps us discard our preconceptions and think outside the box. Read more... ABSTRACT hereOur experiences can blind us. Once we have learned to solve problems by one method, we often have difficulties in generating solutions involving a different kind of insight. Yet there is evidence that people with brain lesions are sometimes more resistant to this so-called mental set effect. This inspired us to investigate whether the mental set effect can be reduced by non-invasive brain stimulation. ... *Snip* ...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
Could they test it on french people they could start thinking a little instead of misbehaving all the time?
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 13 years ago
It will be interesting to see if this works. Could end up being just another way for the "Rich" to get an advantage the "Poor" don't have.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Evilution13 13 years ago
Yeah, nah I'll just stick to the calculator I think.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Pierce8 13 years ago
Cool gadget if it really works. But I'd be more interested if Psyche Cap ever develop. I am needing of my dormant ESP to win lottery, or know what other think of me, like if they like me or want to have s_x with me.. that will be awesome!

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