We know what you’re thinking: Scientists test brain-to-brain communication

September 8, 2014 2:10 PM

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We know what you’re thinking: Scientists test brain-to-brain communication

What if you could communicate with another person only using your mind? The concept might sound far-fetched, but a team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have inched the possibility of brain-to-brain communication away from the science fiction of “Star Trek’s” Vulcan mind meld and closer to reality. In a recent study published in PLOS ONE, the international team of researchers from Starlab Barcelona in Spain and Strasbourg, France-based Axilum Robotics facilitated computer-mediated brain-to-brain transmissions of simple salutations like “hola” and “ciao” between participants 5,000 miles away from one another.

The researchers used electroencephalogram (EEG) and image-guided transcranial magnetic simulation (TMS) technologies to transmit the greetings between test subjects from India to France in one study and from Spain to France in another.

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