Scientists Successfully Create Brain Interface That Improves Memory
Cognitive-boosting prosthetics are quickly becoming a reality as doctors are seeing success with a neural interface that improves memory function by stimulating electrodes implanted in the brain.
This “closed-loop hippocampal neural prosthesis” has moved from testing on rodents, to actual human application with positive results. The device works by sending electrical signals from an apparatus outside the body to electrodes internally connected to the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped part of the brain that plays a major role in memory.
Researchers involved in the program describe their approach as aiming to use patient’s own neural codes for memory through a closed-loop system in which electrical signals are exchanged instantaneously.
Patients using the system showed a 37 percent improvement in short term memory tests. Scientists were even more surprised to find that long-term memory of 30 to 60 minute intervals had also improved by a similar 35 percent.
But these electrical zaps weren’t just random stimulation. Researchers carefully recorded where and when specific regions of the patients’ brains reacted when performing tasks involving the use of memory, and carefully tailored electrical pulses to induce a similar response.
The team originally tested their method on brain tissue, before moving on to rodents, and then monkeys. Now, with their success in humans, they will continue to develop the technology in hopes of someday having a fully implantable apparatus to boost cognitive function.
One of the members of the team touted memory as being part and parcel of one’s personality. Our collection of memories in life certainly play an important role in individuality allowing us to recall experiences that shape our lives.
The team hopes this technology could one day help restore memory function to those affected by drugs, disease, and brain injury.
Their success in memory enhancement comes at a time when interest in cognitive boosting technology is piquing. A number of scientists have been working on mapping out the brains’ neurological connections in hope of developing computer-brain interfaces for superhuman neurological function.
Elon Musk is currently invested in a project called Neuralink, a neural mesh laid over the brain, merging AI with human cognition. Musk says the concept would ideally improve the speed of connection between the brain and one’s digital self, focusing particularly on output.
With the recent success of this closed-loop hippocampal prosthesis, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to expect some investment from Silicon Valley in the future.
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Bioresonance Therapy: A Scientific Anomaly or Magnetic Magic?
Pseudoscience involving quantum scanners? Bioresonance therapy should be banned in the US? Medical science on the warpath against this groundbreaking healing modality? Woash! Let’s all settle down!
Each of us is born from stardust and then infused with a soul and a specific signature comprised of electromagnetic vibrations. Given that we embody and emanate electric current, it stands to reason that electromagnetic or vibrational therapy would be of benefit for a long list of our physical diseases, emotional challenges, and other ailments.
Functioning in ways similar to how adjacent guitar strings affect each other’s tone, electromagnetic waves are proven to be useful in diagnosing and treating human illness.
While this effective modality might not be entirely curative in every category, many doctors, naturopaths, and patients have experienced Bioresonance to be a highly beneficial, complementary therapy.
Bioresonance therapy: does it work? You betcha.
“Our bodies … are electromagnetic machines. We simply can’t move a muscle or produce a thought without an electrical impulse – and wherever there is electricity, a magnetic field is also produced, which is why we link the two together into one word: electromagnetic.”― Ann Louise Gittleman