Russia is making super athletes – without “drilling holes into their heads,” an expert has claimed.
Top scientists in Vladimir Putin's country have been performing experiments on athletes to try and work out how to fine tune their brains and make them faster. And using a method commonly used to aid in stroke recovery, they appear to have figured it out.
The boffins from the National Research Nizhny Novgorod State University teamed with those at the Baltic Federal University to use magnetic simulation on an athlete's brain. According to Kremlin-backed news outlet Moskovskij Komsomolets they strapped magnetics to a cap on their heads and created a magnetic field.
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It focussed on the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for every day movements, in that hope that stimulating it to new levels would improve reactions and speeds for athletes. The experiments were performed on 60 volunteers for just 10 minutes at a time, and they found that an “acceleration” in brain function and movements did take place.
This, MK states, is how the brain can be stimulated without “drilling holes into it”.
Scientist Susanna Gordleyeva explained how it was tested. She said: “There is an arrow on the monitor that displays the delay between the appearance of the neural stimulus and the pattern, that is, the movement itself. So, in people with TMS this delay was 20% shorter.
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“(It will be useful) where good reaction and coordination are needed, for example, a goalkeeper, figure skater, swimmer, etc.
“Moreover, the method is equally effective for both men and women. We are developing a neural interface that will make it possible to predict a decrease in concentration in operators of complex systems, drivers, pilots, and machinists and stimulate their brain activity with a very short impulse.
“The neurointerface is actively moving towards the masses. Instead of those EEG caps with many wires that we use in the laboratory, many other devices have already been developed, for example, elegant hoops, headphone-shaped devices, etc.”
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