SCIENCE INITIATIVE HARIPAD KERALA INDIA

Shocks to the Brain Improve Mathematical Abilities


Electrical brain stimulation benefitted subjects for months, but critics point to the study's small size
From Nature magazineThe 'three Rs' of reading, writing and arithmetic could become four. Random electrical stimulation, a technique that applies a gentle current through the skull, leads to a long-lasting boost in the speed of mental calculations, a small laboratory study of university students has found.
If unobtrusive brain stimulation proves safe and effective in larger classroom trials, the technology could augment traditional forms of study, says Roi Cohen Kadosh, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the study. “Some people will say that those who are bad at mathematics will stay bad. That might not be the case.Continue....

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