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http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/19/6495775-shocking-electricity-to-the-skull-can-improve-video-game-skills

Let's start with this: Don't try this at home kids. Actually, don't try this at home anybody.

In one of the more unusual video game-related studies to emerge recently, a DARPA-funded experiment has found that running electricity through your scalp can help make you a better game player.

Also, it might just improve your ability to learn and your mental sharpness in general. Then again, it might make you see funny lights and feel a burning sensation on your scalp.

Researchers at the University of New Mexico conducted the study on a group volunteers, attaching wet sponges to their right temples. Those sponges delivered two milliamps of current from a gadget powered by a 9-volt battery as the volunteers played "DARWARS Ambush!" — a video game designed to train US soldiers heading to Iraq.

According to a report in Nature News, volunteers who got the 2 milliamp "electric tickle" to the scalp showed twice as much improvement in playing the game after only a short amount of training as those receiving one-twentieth the amount of current.

The technique, called "transcranial direct-current stimulation" (tDCS), has been studied since the 1800s as a way to treat neurological conditions but has been making something of an academic come-back what with its potential ability to improve learning and cognition. Nature News reports that other studies using tDCS have shown improvements in working memory, word association and complex problem-solving.

Nature News also reports that some people have even begun trying their own experiments at home:

Discussions are already appearing on the Internet: buy a 9-volt battery, some wire and a resistor, and you're theoretically there. One person, hoping to improve his concentration, was alarmed by the flashing lights he experienced — a commonly reported side effect, along with burning or itching at the site of the electrode. "I probably won't be doing this again," he said in a message posted online.

With that, I return to the warning I started with. Don't try this at home. Seriously.

While every gamer would probably enjoy a boost to their skill level, running electric wires to your skull is probably not the safest (or most enjoyable) way to achieve that boost.

 

Thought this was worth sharing because I found it interesting, can't believe people are actually trying this at home....yes I can lol.



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the hell?



WTF?

Screw gaming! I can use that to cut my study time in  half!



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