Saturday, February 12, 2011

Futuristic Thinking Cap Supercharges Your Brain

By James Gallagher Health reporter, BBC News

Are we entering the era of the thinking cap - a device to supercharge our brains?

Could there be a time when everyone from schoolchildren to pensioners, and artists to accountants top up their natural abilities with some funky head-gear?

There have already been suggestions that electricity can boost mathematical talent and now researchers in Australia have found a way to boost problem solving.

The team at Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney believe people find it difficult to think "outside of the box" because they become blinded by past experience.

So if someone is used to solving a problem one way, the brain struggles to come up with new solutions.


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