Sunday, October 2, 2011

More Mesmerism

Magnets are again being used in a small sample study (seen via futurisms):

In the study, the researchers asked 49 female volunteers to take part in a study where they were asked to rate the attractiveness of 220 photographs of female faces, but they were allowed to change their ratings after seeing what others in the study had scored.

When Transcranial Electromagnetic Stimulation (TMS) was used to inhibit the activity of the neurons in the posterior medial frontal cortex, the participants did not change their ratings of the photographs so they were more in line with the rest of the group.

Even if this does pan out, I doubt if it will have much of an effect on society. After all, the people most likely to want to use this are the people who need it the least.

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