Mind-to-mind communication possible, study shows
It may be possible to transmit thoughts from one human to another without the use of spoken or written language, according to new research.
An international group of scientists from the U.S., Spain and France aimed to transmit thoughts between human subjects 5,000 miles apart, in India and France. In the experiment, the researchers used two brain technologies--called an electroencephalogram (EEG) and a robot-assisted and image-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)--which were linked by a computer via the internet.
Four healthy volunteers between the ages of 28 and 50 were recruited, one of whom was the message sender and the other three of whom were the message receivers. The sender was told to think the greetings "hola"--"hello" in Spanish--or "ciao"--"hello" or "goodbye" in Italian. The EEG's purpose was to pick up the sender's thoughts, and the robotized TMS served to non-invasively stimulate the brains of the message receivers; the brain stimulations were experienced as flashes of light, which appeared in numerical sequences, which the receivers were then able to decode into messages.
The results of the study, published in PLOS ONE, provides credible evidence that mind-to-mind communication between humans may be possible without the use of language or gestures.
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