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Electrical thinking Cap will help you think better

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your thinking cap on, no we mean literally put it on. How can you
literally put your thinking cap on? This is where you thank psychology
professor Geoff Woodman and Ph.D. student Robert Reinhart of Vanderbilt
University in Tennessee.

The duo has come up with an actual thinking cap
which is capable of helping people to learn and take decisions quicker
and with less error.
cap works by transmitting minute electrical shocks to the brain when
being worn by the user.
The creators have claimed that by activating
particular parts of brain, the user could pick up new skills and be able
to take better decisions. According to studies that have been carried
out on human brain; milliseconds before humans make a mistake, negative
voltage spikes occur in the medial-frontal cortex of the brain. Reinhart
and Woodman found out that a certain part of brain is capable of
influencing decision making and learning, thus helping users to stay
away from making the same mistakes later.
The
duo decided to check out if it is possible to be able to control the
electrophysiological response of brain to mistakes. The part of these
tests was to check out if these responses can be decreased or improved
with the help of directional current application. The end result was a
cap that consists an elastic headband along with a bunch of electrodes
to get connected with the cheek and head’s crown.
A
transcranial direct current stimulation is provided via these
electrodes for 20 minutes. Afterwards, an EEG cap is worn around the
head to record readings from brain while the user performs activities.
According to the initial trials, 75% of the test subjects exhibited
quite an amazing improvement in learning and decision making while
wearing this amazing thinking cap.

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According
to Woodman, “We did find that the effects lasted about five hours.” The
creators believe this cap would find its use with surgeons and
commercial pilots while also helping those with psychiatric disorders.
The team is busy on working out the long-term effects of using this
cap and there is still some time before this invention finds its way
into the market. Fingers crossed for when we will be able to use the
thinking cap before our tests.

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