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This Geeky New Device Is a Literal Thinking Cap

Could this new technology help stimulate your thinking?
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Facebook can have its Oculus and Google its Glass. Here's some wearable tech that will make you smarter.

New research from Vanderbilt University suggests that electrical currents can enhance or depress a person's thinking ability, according to content network PSFK.

Robert Reinhart applies the electrical stimulus to subject Laura McClenahan. After 20 minutes the headband is removed and the EEG cap will capture readings of her brain as she executes the learning task.

The currents were sent using an elastic headband. When one current--one running up the head--was applied by researchers, subjects displayed higher brain activity during thinking exercises. The current, running in the opposite direction, hurt their thinking ability.

Is this useful from a management perspective? Well, ethical issues would probably abound if you were to strap one of these babies onto each of your employee and send them a creativity current throughout the day. You could go ahead and knock yourself out, though.

More importantly, the research is indicative of the powers that wearable tech could carry down the line that extend beyond visual and social.

A text-messaging watch? Glasses that hook you up with driving directions? A trip to the doctor by putting video game hardware on your face? Sure, those hit on varying levels of excitement.

But a real live thinking cap with potential uses, as PSFK reports, "in the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia and ADHD"? Now we're really talking.




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