For a long time humanity, studying the work of the brain, is trying to find a way to artificially strengthen brain activity. And the more advanced science becomes, the more chances are that such an undertaking will succeed. For example, a recently completed project, funded by DARPA, was able to show that human memory can be enhanced artificially.
According to the Journal of Neural Engineering, the study involved 15 people who to some extent suffered from memory loss from for epilepsy. Each participant in the brain experiments were implanted with small neuroimplants that tracked what happens in the brain during the memorization process. The tests themselves were quite simple: people needed to look at the image, and after the break correctly identify it among four other images. At this time, scientists fixed brain activity to identify those parts of the brain that are most involved in the processes of memory formation. Then the second phase of the research began: the subjects also showed pictures and offered to identify them among the four others, but only this time the previously identified areas of the brain were stimulated with neuroimplants. As a result, it was found that the short-term memory of the participants improved by 37%, and the long-term memory by 35%. As the project head Robert Hampson said,
"For the first time we were able to identify the code for the process of memory formation in the brain and in fact could write this code so that the existing memory worked faster. This is an important step for the potential cure of memory loss and increase in its volume. "
However, despite such encouraging results, it will be possible to talk about the final success of the technology only after carrying out more extensive studies, because a group of 15 people is not at all indicative view statistics sampling. Nevertheless, improving the memory by an average of one-third in all participants of the experiment inspires optimism.
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