Mild brain shocks may improve learning and cognition

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19 Responses to “Mild brain shocks may improve learning and cognition”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Krell were doing the same thing on Altair IV 200,000 years ago, via their plastic educators.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mild brain shocks may NOT improve memory and cognition. I’ll stick with B.

  3. slamorte says:

    Sounds like Mitch Altman’s Brain Machine on steroids!

  4. Anonymous says:

    am I the only one who worries about the slippery-slope possibilities of something like this? I’ve known people who survived the last round of shock-therapy – which they clearly say here was 1,000 more intense than this – and if you even say the word shock around some of them, they have intense PTSD flare ups . . . it’s not an enviable sight.

    am I just paranoid? is there enough evidence at this point to keep someone from saying “well if this dose create x benefit, how much more benefit could we get from trying 10x, or 100x, 1,000x?”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not sure if I’d trust the same people who made this junky consent video with electrodes on my brain. #imjustsayin

  6. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:

    Guess being closer to Death does that to you.

  7. Drowse says:

    There was a recent PBS Nova special (NovaScienceNow) discussing How the Brain Works.. there was one segment that discussed this new form of brain alteration. This form is called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/how-does-the-brain-work.html

  8. yragentman says:

    This does raise the question about possible brain effects of bluetooth headsets, cell phones, etc.

    if moderate level fields (9v battery) can have demonstrable/measureable effects, then it would be reasonable to expect that lower level fields to have some lower level affect.
    The frequency range of the external field could have very specific effects as well.

    Naturally, the billions of dollars in wireless technology sales and usage trump any real funding of research on those effects. “nothing to see here, move along”

    • JohnnyOC says:

      That’s slightly “where-is-my-tin-hat” of you. :) I love when people infer one thing that is completely unrelated to another process and link that to a supposed conspiracy.

      There’s some difference between strapping a wet sponge with an electric current to your temple and putting a cell phone with an extremely minute electro-MAGNETIC field neat your ear.

      Not that there have been a bunch of independently tested studies that ring inconclusive of anything. You might as well be a Birther.

      tDCS does sound promising. I can see in the future though misuse where a college undergrad straps a helmet on his head for every upcoming exam.

      “Yeah, these burn marks on my temple? I was up for a 12-hour study exam”.

      • yragentman says:

        well, people laughed about the eyesight television and the man made inside out planets too.

        You don’t realize the frankenstein computer god controls you through your thin white pedigree skull with the synthetic nerve radio directional antenna loop.

        “completely unrelated”? “bunch of independently tested studies”?

        parroting puppets, you are a terrorized member of the master race world wide gangster computer god earphone radio.

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Did I fall asleep?” – Victor

  10. Guesstimate Jones says:

    Right thinking will be rewarded.

    Wrong thinking will be punished.

  11. Anonymous says:

    So, if the mild shocks *may* improve learning and cognition, couldn’t you also say that they may cause you to pee your pants and forget your name?

  12. Sork says:

    When I read “consent video” I imagined Guantanamo experiments.

  13. jayarava says:

    Don’t try this at home kids!

    My TENS machine comes with a very clear warning about use on the head. NEVER use with electrodes on both sides of the head [lest you inadvertently give yourself a dose of ECT presumably].

  14. Shart Tsung says:

    How can I do this at home?

  15. Anonymous says:

    A scientist named Patrick Flanagan invented a device called the Neurophone decades ago. The government confiscated his intellectual property, but he finely got it back.

    If you think the above article sounds credible, which I am condfident it is, do a web search for the Neurophone and/or Patrick Flanagan.

    I found it to be a rather interesting device.

  16. Sapa says:

    “It might sound like some wacky garage experiment” Yes it does

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