There is a theory that the spark of genius lurks hidden within all of us.
Now scientists are developing a ‘thinking cap’ that could turn that theory into practice and unlock the amazing potential of the human brain.
The device uses tiny magnetic pulses to change the way the brain works and has produced remarkable results in tests.
Wearing the hairnet-like cap for a few minutes improved artistic ability and proof-reading skills.
If the technique is perfected, the device could be marketed as a cap slipped on to boost creativity when inspiration is low.
While it is not exactly clear how it works, careful targeting of the magnetic pulses allows over or under-active parts of the brain to be calmed down or jump-started.
In this study, it is thought it ‘switched off’ the part of the brain that deals in whole ideas, allowing detail that has been unconsciously filed to shine through.
Researcher Professor Allan Snyder believes the experiments show we all have hidden talents, we just have trouble tapping into them.
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