According to a new report in LiveScience, a couple of innovative American scientists have just invented the first real “thinking cap” which purportedly helps people to learn and make decisions quicker.
When worn on the head, it works by sending out very low electrical shocks which stimulates certain parts of the brain, leading to better learning ability, among other positive effects.
Previous studies on the human brain have revealed that negative voltage spikes occur in the medial-frontal cortex of the brain, milliseconds before people make a mistake.
The two scientists worked out that a part of the brain can influence learning and decision making, helping humans avoid the same mistakes later.
When Woodman was asked: What is the medial-frontal cortex and how does this thinking cap affect its function? He tried to speak in laymen’s terms to explain how the thinking cap works.
“The cortex is the outer layer of the brain. Medial refers to the middle part of your head. Frontal refers to the frontal bone of the head. If you put your tongue on the highest point on the roof of your mouth, then straight up from that point is the location that we stimulated with electrical current. The thinking cap is a simple term for what scientists call transcranial direct-current stimulation. Transcranial simply means that the electrical current goes through the bones of the head (or cranium.)”
According to Woodman, initial trials showed that 75 percent of the over five dozen people tested displayed a remarkable improvement in learning and decision making when wearing the thinking cap, “We did find that the effects lasted about five hours,” Woodman said.
It’s not clear when the new thinking cap will hit the market and be available for purchase by consumers. The scientists who invented it are testing and putting the final touches to the product in order to make it suitable for everyday use.