Scientists artificially feed information into the human brain

Scientists artificially feed information into the human brain

Knowledge from the simulator could soon be possible
Is it possible to feed knowledge directly into people's brains? California scientists from HRL Laboratories said they have developed a simulator that can insert information directly into our brain. Thus, gaining new knowledge could soon be as easy as taking a nap.

In science fiction films, people are sometimes able to upload information directly to their brains. If something like this would work in real life, it could save us a lot of time, for example by reading books to gain new knowledge. Researchers have now succeeded in developing a simulator that should make it possible to feed information directly into our brain, according to the press release from HRL Laboratories. The results of the research were published in the specialist journal "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience".

New developments could revolutionize learning
Imagine it would soon be possible to feed information directly into our brain through a simulator. This would enable us to learn large amounts of all kinds of knowledge without having to study long or invest a lot of time, the scientists say. In the classic film “Matrix”, the main character Neo learned the martial art of Kung Fu within a few seconds. The necessary knowledge is simply uploaded to his brain using a computer. The American researchers from HRL Laboratories have now stated that they have developed a way to improve human learning. The doctors explain that information is to be fed directly into our brain using a simulator. However, on a much smaller scale than was possible in the science fiction film.

Subjects learn 33 percent faster thanks to the new method
For their research, the scientists examined the electrical signals in the brain of a trained pilot. Then the data was introduced into the brains of beginners. The test subjects should learn to control an airplane in a realistic flight simulator, the doctors explain. When test subjects were fed knowledge through brain stimulation, their pilot skills improved. They learned their job about 33 percent faster than the placebo group, the experts say.

Brain stimulation system actually improves learning
Our system is one of the first of its kind. It is a brain stimulation system, explains Dr. Matthew Phillips. It sounds like science fiction, but there are scientific foundations for developing the system. The specific task of controlling an airplane requires a synergy of cognitive and motor performance, the doctor adds. When you learn something, your brain changes. New connections are made and strengthened in a so-called neuroplasticity process, says Dr. Phillips. It turned out that certain functions of our brain, such as language and memory, take place in very specific regions of the brain. Finally, stimulation of the special brain regions could be used for various tasks, for example for general learning, exam preparation and language learning. Brain stimulation appears to be particularly effective and actually improves learning, according to the scientists. (as)

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