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Reported June 30, 2014

Want to Learn Faster? Use a Thinking Cap!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Forget using caffeine to help you focus on tasks -- imagine stimulating the brain with a jolt of electricity instead.  That’s what researchers at Vanderbilt University are doing… using electrical stimulation to speed up the brain and help it learn from mistakes. 

Laura McClenahan, Researcher, Vanderbilt University, isn’t just playing a game. This fitted red cap is actually stimulating her brain.

“It feels like a mild, itching sensation,” McClenahan told Ivanhoe.

In a new study published in the journal Neuroscience, researchers at Vanderbilt University are proving it’s possible to manipulate our ability to learn by using a mild electrical current.

“So, essentially we can make you learn faster with 20 minutes of non-invasive electrical stimulation,” Robert Reinhart, PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University, told Ivanhoe.

Reinhart says the thinking cap activates the frontal lobe—the part of the brain involved in problem-solving, memory and judgment.

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Researchers say the learning effects last about 5 hours.

Electrical current therapy is also being studied for mental health conditions to see if, in the future, the technology could also be used to treat schizophrenia and ADHD. MORE.

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