|Nov5-10, 02:09 PM||#1|
Electric Jolt to Brain Boosts Math Skills
Stimulating the brain with a nonpainful electrical current can jump-start peoples' math skills, scientists say. The finding could lead to new, long-lasting treatments for people with moderate to severe math impairments such as dyscalculia, or "math dyslexia." This learning disability prevents a person from grasping even simple math concepts, according to study leader Roi Cohen Kadosh, a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford in the U.K.
Routine brain-stimulation in people without developmental disorders would also raise ethical questions, said study leader Cohen Kadosh. For example, a normal person without a disability who stimulates his or her brain to boost math prowess might be giving themselves an unfair advantage. "Should we prevent this?" he said. "It's a dilemma, and an ethical question."
|Nov6-10, 10:31 PM||#2|
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this experiment makes me wonder about a lot of things. like are they enhancing function of a part of the brain, or damaging function? both at once? is math a type of autism? the math-interfering trait seems important to art and craft, tasks that may be less-valued in modern society, but seem central to our getting to this point.
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