Electroshock Your Way to Better Math Skills
The research team's tests consisted of applying transcranial direct current stimulation to five students' parietal lobes (i.e., the region of the brain responsible for processing numerical information). The students, who all possessed average mathematical skills, were asked to solve basic problems using a collection of "artificial numbers" (random symbols in place of actual numerical values). The study found that the students' ability to solve the problems improved after receiving a mild shock treatment. The next step for the researchers will be measuring how those affected by disability, degenerative disease and stroke will respond to the treatment. The Switched crew, on the other hand, is going to see if it can produce similar results by licking a nine-volt battery.