Human tendency is to find shortcuts for anything and almost everything is a widely held belief. Everyone would like learning, doing, performing an act in the shortest time possible. Researchers at HRL laboratories are working on the same lines and are equipped to find a way to amplify learning with ease through the brain stimulation.
The researchers are basically trying to make the on- screen sci- film Matrix kind of learning a reality. In the classic sci- fi film Matrix, knowledge is fed directly into the brain with less effort.
Researchers claim that they have developed a simulator that can embed knowledge directly into one’s brain. Thereby enabling humans to learn skills in the shortest time.
The researchers at HRL believe it as the first step in developing advanced software that can make instant learning a possibility.
The researchers studied the electric signals in the brain of a trained pilot and then fed the data into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an airplane in a realistic flight simulator.
The study performed by the HRL researchers was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. It is revealed in the study that subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities and learned the task 33 per cent better than a placebo group.
Dr. Matthew Phillips, one of the researchers explained, “Our system is one of the first of its kind. It’s a brain stimulation system.” “It sounds kind of sci-fi, but there’s large scientific basis for the development of our system. The specific task we were looking at was piloting an aircraft, which requires a synergy of both cognitive and motor performance.”
“When you learn something, your brain physically changes. Connections are made and strengthened in a process called neuro-plasticity. It turns out that certain functions of the brain, like speech and memory, are located in very specific regions of the brain, about the size of your pinky.”
Dr. Matthews firmly believes that brain stimulation could eventually be implemented for tasks like learning to drive, exam preparation and language learning. He further added, “What our system does is it actually targets those changes to specific regions of the brain as you learn.”
“Your brain is going to be very different to my brain when we perform a task. What we found is … brain stimulation seems to be particularly effective at actually improving learning.”