Electricity stimulates math skills?

Shocking news: Electrical brain stimulation improves math skills for up to six months, claims a study published in  Current Biology.  Researchers, who used a weak electrical current, hope to aid people with moderate to severe numerical disabilities — as many as 20 percent of the population — as well as stroke victims.

“I am certainly not advising people to go around giving themselves electric shocks, but we are extremely excited by the potential of our findings,” said Roi Cohen Kadosh of the University of Oxford. “Electrical stimulation will most likely not turn you into Albert Einstein, but if we’re successful, it might be able to help some people to cope better with maths.”

Turn on the juice and Johnny can find the lowest common denominator? Here’s hoping it pans out.

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  1. I’m gonna need to get a few more outlets installed in my classroom but at least there is hope!

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Attention all of you who haff so var asserted zat you are no good at zee mats.

    Vee now haff vayz of dealing vith people like you.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    I bet “Old Sparky” would make you a math genius! 🙂

  4. I suppose this is NOT sufficient justification for me to bring an electrical cattle prod to my lectures.

  5. Do you think static electricity will have any effect? This is the only electrical shock that I think I can get away with. Of course I’ll have to think of innovative ways to deliver it unless I don’t mind getting shocked too.