Thursday, 20 February 2014

Air Force researchers test mild electric shocks as a caffeine substitute

Air Force researchers test mild electric shocks as a caffeine substitute
Feb 20th 2014, 17:27, by Adi Robertson


Can you shock your brain into performing better? Maybe.
The Boston Globe reports that the US military is exploring passing mild electrical current through the brain as a replacement for soldiers' coffee and energy drinks, especially during long stretches of mind-numbing drone surveillance or data monitoring. Over the last few years, researchers at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been at the forefront of the project, conducting tests that give healthy volunteers electrical stimulation treatments that are currently used to alleviate depression and other conditions. In one test, subjects were kept awake for 30 hours, staying alert with either caffene, electrical stimulation, or nothing.
Biomedical engineer Andy McKinley tells...
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