Electric brain stimulation boosts maths skills

Darren Allan
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Fed up with your sub-par mental arithmetic skills? Then stick your tongue in a plug socket, it’ll make you a genius, apparently.

Well, not quite, but scientists have been conducting experiments which showed that a weak (and harmless) electrical stimulation delivered to the cranium via electrodes helped improve a subject’s maths skills.

The electric current basically stimulates greater neural activity, and when applied to a particular section of the brain – the right parietal lobe – improves mathematical abilities. Interestingly, the Independent reports that reversing the flow of the current to the opposite side of the brain, the left parietal, actually makes folk worse at maths.

Dr Roi Cohen Kadosh of Oxford University told the newspaper: “We’ve shown before that we can temporarily induce dyscalculia, and now it seems we might also be able to make someone better at maths. Electrical stimulation will most likely not turn you into Albert Einstein, but if we’re successful, it might be able to help some people to cope better with maths.”

Perhaps scientists will eventually work out a number of different parts of the brain which can also be stimulated to enhance intelligence, such as better spelling. We’ll all be geniuses, eventually, even if we do have to walk around bristling with electrodes on our head like some kind of supercharged Frankenstein’s monster.

Comments in chronological order (1 comment)

  1. Paul Skinner says:

    Do I have to place one foot in a bucket of water first.
    What a boad of lolloks!

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