A new scientific study published in the journal PLOS One tried to determine whether it is possible to link two people’s brains through a computer. Researchers believe that they are on the verge of making telepathy possible.
A new scientific study published in the journal PLOS One tried to determine whether it is possible to link two people’s brains through a computer.
The study examines new brain studies conducted by the University of Washington. The research of the University managed to use a retro parlour game – 20 questions – in an exciting new way.
The breakthrough experiment is the first to clearly demonstrate that two brains can be linked to one another in such a way that it allows the other participant to deduce what the other has in his mind.
Andrea Stocco, researcher and professor of psychology at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences from University of Washington, explained that what she and her team wanted to demonstrate is that it is possible for two brains to collaborate in a rudimentary game in order to solve a problem.
Professor Stocco adds that this may be the single most complicated telepathy experiment in history. The experiment makes use of conscious thoughts transmitted through visual signals between two persons, who are required to collaborate in order to solve a problem.
Rather evidently, researchers have confirmed that their experiment is still in an early stage, but once they will set things going it is likely to find a much wider range of applications for it. The team of scientists say that the technology could allow the transmitting of information from damaged brains to healthy brains, similarly to transferring data from an old hard drive to a newer one.
In the final trial test of the study, nearly three out of four attempts were successful, whereas in the control trials only 18% of the attempts proved successful, so the project’s future is looking pretty bright.
The researchers explain that the participants have to interpret what they are seeing just by using their brain. And the images of the visuals are real-time projections of the other participant’s brain, not something they have seen before.
Chantel Prat, the project’s lead scientist explains the the system has many possible applications. One idea that occurred in his mind is connection the machine to a non-ADHD and an ADHD student. If the non-ADHD student will be paying attention to a course, then it may be possible to project all the information inside the brain of the student with ADHD, thus helping him enter a state of attention.
Another application Prat had in mind is to use the technology between therapists and children who are suffering of autism, or maybe between people who suffer of blindness. The possibility are exciting, but there still is a long way to go.
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