How to control someone else arm with your brain (Neuroscience)

Aman Dhanda October 10th, 2017 Technology

Brain is the most complex part of the human body. It is a bit daunting to perceive the neurons functioning in it. Moreover, many schools are not evincing interest in teaching their students neuroscience, an underlying study. This may be due to its complexity and expensiveness.

A plethora of studies has revealed that more than 20% of the population across the globe are suffering with neurological disorders and there is no medicine for these disorders, since this lack veterans to research and discover medicines.

In fact, there are only a few neurosurgeons whose number can be counted on fingers for treating the neurological disorders and diseases. However, it is the sheer responsibility of the teachers and neuroscientists to create interest in the kids mind to learn more about the brain and its working. However, interpreting this theoretically would not allow kids to explore about it.

So, here comes the role of experiments on how the brain works. These experiments hit the kid’s brain with tons of bricks and compels them to learn and research on the subject called brain science. Undeniably, brain science is as tough as the rocket science, but people can achieve milestones in the neuroscience with passion and determination to learn the subject.

There are many brain science equipment available in the market to understand the working of the brain. It is known fact that, billions of neurons make the brain functioning smooth. Moreover, when you would like to move your hands, your brain sends electrical signals to the spinal cord and then to the nerves that connect to the hands to move.

One of the famous neuroscientists and the engineers has invented an equipment to learn about the electrical signals of the entire nervous system with spikerbox. This equipment is portable and non-invasive that, it acts as a best device for the kids and college goers to learn about the brain functioning and grasp the concept in a jiffy. This device is indeed an entertaining, engaging, and interesting way to learn about the brain and create interest about this neurological science in the kid’s mind.

Ideally, brain is an amazing part of the human body that have control over each and every activity carried out by the humans. The irony is that, humans do not have profound knowledge on how the brain works. In fact, when you probe the question of how the brain works, then, many will be perplexed.

The Experiment:

A well-known and reputed neuroscientist, Greg Gage, has showed the working of the human brain to the people with the help of spikerbox. Apart from that, he used a few electrodes, and a computer system to show the electrical impulses of the nervous system to the audience. In this experiment, he first called a person from the spectators and then, he connected two electrodes to the ulnar never on the forearm of the first person and the third electrode is connected rigidly to the back of the hands to act as a ground. Also, he connected those electrode wires to the spikerbox and then to a computer system to watch the electronic impulses with the movement of their hands and wrist. When the person moves their wrist, then people can observe the impulses on the screen.

Interestingly, the other experiment that was conducted has left the spectators to sit and watch on the edge of their seats. In this experiment, one acted as a controller and the other is controlled by the actions of the controller hand. He called another person from the spectators and connected two electrodes to the nerve of their forearms and gave a common connection to the spikerbox. When the first person made movements with her hand, then the same movement was transferred to the second person. In simple words, the first person’s brain is sending electrical signals to the second person’s arm, leaving the second person with no control over his hand’s movement.

As per Gage’s interpretation, the signals sent from the brain to the motor cortex is considered to be as an electrical discharge. Interestingly, the ulnar nerve is close to the skin, so synchronizing this with the brainwaves of the second person causing their last three fingers of the hand to move automatically without their intervention.

The crucial thing required to conduct this experiment is the brainwaves. First, you need to simulate the brain waves of both the people, then it would be easy to take control over the other person’s hand. If your brainwaves are not simulated, then despite of moving the first person’s hand up and down, the other person could not move his hand automatically. This kind of experiments is being prepared by Gage’s for easy understanding of neurological science. Moreover, this is a safe, easy to use and cost-effective way to learn about brain technology.

In fact, people can play with neurological science by implementing this kind of experiments at their school and college laboratories without concerning about connecting the sticky electrode pads to their nerves which are close to the skin.

Ideally, his interesting experiments are inspiring the engineers to learn more about neurological science. Within no time, people can see a gradual growth in the neurotechnology like other technologies.

By Aman Dhanda
I am a freelance web developer and founder of Webolute. Blogging is my interest.

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