April 17, 2011

To Kick Ass at Video Games Just Zap Your Brain with a 9V Battery

Scientists, already adept at using magnets to screw with the brain's ability to generate speech, are now sending direct current into people's brain matter to help them master video games.

Neuroscientists at the University of New Mexico asked volunteers to play a video game called "DARWARS Ambush!", developed to help train American military personnel. Half of the players received 2 milliamps of electricity to the scalp, using a device powered by a simple 9-volt battery, and they played twice as well as those receiving a much tinier jolt. The DARPA-funded study suggests direct current applied to the brain could improve learning.

DARPA! Of course! What aren't they doing in the mind control field these days, amiright?

While controversial and even a bit dangerous, this manipulation, called transcranial direct current stimulation, could actually be used to treat certain neurological disorders in the future, should it prove safe over long periods of time.

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16 comments:

  1. Seems dangerous! I wouldn't want a shock to the brain, but we need to take risks in order to advance in the human race :D

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  2. where is the quote from please?

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  3. About time they subjected humans to those electric dog collar things. Same thing pretty much, AND it's effective! Sheah!

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  4. So, the concept of a thinking cap is in the making...nice.

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  5. @-E-

    I added the source at the end of my post.

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  6. Oh gosh, I can imagine things going so wrong, but at such low currents and the brain handles currents all day anyway, I guess it would be alright, unless they misplace the connector and it winds up making the person kick themselves in the face or something.

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  7. I can't wait until someone makes this safe and effective, kids will be getting the implant to improve the video game speed.

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  8. That's amazing..... but seriously. What the hell....

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  9. u ready to laugh? whats a 9v battery and an asshole have in common?

    you know its wrong but u still wanna lick it.

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  10. Yea, I think I would pass on the brain shocking and stuff. :)

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  11. Ha cool.
    Ever licked a 9 volt?
    Give it a go, you'll love it I promise!

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  12. It wont be long until we run on electricity!

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