he secretive U.S. military research division DARPA has announced plans to create a device that could accelerate learning in the human brain.
The targeted neuroplasticity training (TNT) program uses a method that claims to be able to improve cognitive skills by stimulating peripheral nerves.
Recent research has shown that stimulation of certain peripheral nerves, easily and painlessly achieved through the skin, can activate regions of the brain involved with learning,” said TNT program manager Doug Weber.This natural process of synaptic plasticity is pivotal for learning, but much is unknown about the physiological mechanisms that link peripheral nerve stimulation to improved plasticity and learning.”
DARPA already has programs underway involving the peripheral nervous system, which it hopes will eventually be used as a substitute for drugs to treat diseases and help accelerate healing. TNT aims to not just restore lost function but also advance capabilities beyond normal levels. Few details have been given about the device DARPA plans to engineer to facilitate the accelerated learning, other than it will be “non-invasive.”
Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) premise is set on the mechanism that signals are instigated in the extremities and then forwarded to the brain to alter or modify its structure. This means the agency plans to stimulate specific peripheral nerves to trigger the release of certain molecules. These molecules are released into the brain due to which the neurons rearrange themselves and the purpose is achieved.
The objective has been trying to find a solution to simulate the peripheral nerves of the human body and trick the brain into thinking that it is learning fast. It’s A perfect program for government agents and security personnel but it is a very costly, time-consuming and daunting task as it involves everything from learning foreign languages to cryptography.
Via: World Net Daily