Exciting Advances in Neuroscience

I just read an article last week that said scientists are in the early stages of research into brain-to-brain connection. Placing electronic probes against their heads, two men on opposite sides of a university campus were able to make a connection between their thoughts, and one man’s thoughts were able to control the other man’s actions in response to playing a video game. Though the experiment showed that this system makes it possible to read very simple brain signals, they expect, with further study, to be able to carry it forward to read more complex thoughts.

The article made it sound as if this was truly exciting, but I wondered why all the hoopla for something that has been around for a very long time. Reading another person’s thoughts and, by those thoughts, being compelled into action, is not new. In fact, it’s ancient. It’s called marriage. The longer and better the marriage, the stronger the brain-to-brain connection. I just have to think something, and George not only reads my mind, he brings those thoughts to fruition. I’m sure he will be picking up a bottle of merlot on his way home today.

As for connecting the thoughts of people who aren’t married, however, I think this research has much promise. Just think: someday, with the help of this electronic probe, grown children everywhere will find themselves having an overwhelming urge to call their mothers.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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19 Responses to Exciting Advances in Neuroscience

  1. Robin says:

    lol! So true about marriage. Now, if they can get the kids to call when Mom thinks of them, it’ll be worth all the money spent on the research. 🙂

  2. First time visitor…love your posts. New follower…looking forward to hearing more of your humor.

  3. pattisj says:

    Why didn’t we apply for that research grant? Someone is spending all our money! Maybe we should hurry up and perfect that electronic probe and go to market with it?

  4. Amy says:

    Hope you got a bottle of merlot this evening 🙂 I love, love the last sentence! Great post, Susan.

  5. Jiawei says:

    It’s amazing how married people can pick up on each other’s thoughts. Wondering how George got the idea you wanted the Merlot.
    My husband just brought my thoughts of wanting a Kindle into fruition the other day. Should I return the favor by getting him a camera? I know that’s always on his mind! 🙂 I doubt it.

  6. Dianna says:

    It’s amazing how often Motor Man and I have the same thought… Of course, many times, my son and I will send texts that “cross” during transmission!

  7. dorannrule says:

    Great post Susan! It’s so true about married folks and the ESP factor. And you added a perfect ending to a perfect post – “Just think: someday, with the help of this electronic probe, grown children everywhere will find themselves having an overwhelming urge to call their mothers.” Love it. 🙂

  8. wouldn’t that be a novel idea… children calling their mothers without the nagging texts that say, hey, how are you? are still alive? remember me? I gave birth to you….

  9. Love it!! Especially that last line. 😉 Seriously, I read about this ‘breakthrough’ too and at first, I was wary of the idea of this, but then I thought of our 96-year-old family friend who has just had a stroke. She can speak and understand, but has difficulty getting the right words to come out. When I visited her, she was so frustrated trying to tell me what she wanted to say and she would just shrug and say, “Oh, you know.” Well, no, I didn’t know what she wanted to tell me. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this kind of research could aid stroke victims?

    Oh, before I forget – I nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Award on my post today: http://mamasemptynest.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/give-me-a-t/#respond

    • Coming East says:

      Yes, that would be wonderful for stroke victims or people who have lost the use of their limbs, and all sorts of other applications. Feel like we’re on the edge of being in a Star Trek movie. As for the award nomination, thanks a bunch! I’ll hop on over a take a peek.

  10. Al says:

    LOL! That last line is a classic, Susan.

    By the way, do you think George will know that you want the Merlot from the 2nd picking, not the first?

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