In case it wasn't so obvious before, the Sydney Morning Herald would like to inform you that strapping a device to your head with the intent of hitting your brain with a surge of electricity is probably a bad idea. We can tell you that it's definitely stupid.
The quick article makes no mention of brand, but the headset is en route and is targeted at gamers. It's probably not difficult to guess why - "Overclock your brain using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to increase the plasticity of your brain. Make your synapses fire faster."
Sheesh, the fact that such a device exists at all is a bit foolish. Gamers have been known to go great lengths to improve their technique and performance, but most settle on a different set of peripherals, not messing with their body. While this device very-well could cause no damage, the long-term side-effects are unknown, though similar medical procedures are used to treat depression. However, that's of course under the guidance of a doctor - the user simply doesn't take it upon themselves to buy an off-the-shelf device and try their luck.
Professor Colleen Loo from the University of New South Wales put it well; "It's a bit like having an accelerator and brake in a car, neither is bad and both are very useful but applying them judiciously at the right time and in the right context is absolutely essential. I think stimulation of yourself with do-it-yourself kits is potentially quite dangerous."
How much would it cost to potentially screw yourself up with this device? A mere $249. Almost seems like a steal.
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Sweet! I always wanted to know what it was like to have a seizure!
This is not a good idea...
However, our brains are REALLY, SUPER powerful. Think of it as a CPU. We have millions upon millions of cores, but the cores aren't very powerful, and they run fairly slow. Some researches think around 400mHz.
They apparently tested it on chimps, where they scanned their brain activity beforehand, and took note of other things including different lobe activity, and stuff like that.
Then, they delivered mild electric shocks to different areas of the chimps' brain, and then retook the tests.
Some of the chimps showed no improvement, while others had a slight increase in mathematical problem solving, puzzle solving, and response times. They said in temporarily for a very short period of time affected some of the chimps' abilities, but the effects wore off quickly.
Although the general idea might sound kind of cool, it is also REALLY stupid, and unsafe to do.
I think we have FAR too much ground to cover in the medical and science field before we can start to do this kind of crap XD
"increase the plasticity of your brain"
Brain Plasticity is the ability to reorganize and adjust how the brain functions, usually in the case of bodily injury....
CLEAR - - - - THUMP - - - Ah now I can respond .0000000000255% faster... Heh that should do the trick
I've always been of the belief that my brain is undervolted, so this might do the trick.
Maybe it's just me, but electroshock therapy doesn't seem like the kind of thing I want to try at home.
mmm... I wonder if it has the potential to revive some 'drain bamaged' brain cells ? sorta give them a
How long before they get sued to shit?
going to have to get some better cooling before i overclock my brain!
I wonder what other body parts will science be able find can be overclocked in the future?
ROFL! Do we want an answer to that?
LOL I cant even believe someone would put this thing one for the sole purpose of gaming. Risk vs rewards right?
And the potential lawsuits!
i Mean as mentioned it is used for legit reasons. Darpa and the many facets of the army use this to have their troops learn new languages faster and they also use it on fighter plane pilots. So as how its implemented compared to this DIY kit and others is a whole nother story that i couldnt explain.