In the future, people may be able to plug in and "download" new skills like characters in The Matrix, scientists say.
The procedure - known as Decoded Neurofeedback or “DecNef” – stimulates the visual cortex by sending signals that change the brain activity pattern.
For example, by placing a juggler into a fMRI machine and have them imagine juggling, scientists, can capture the brain patterns and then pass the information onto someone else.
Researchers put volunteers through a visual skill test using the fMRI, and then compared the results with another group who didn’t.
They found those using the new technology experienced a significant improvement in visual skills.
The process - published in the journal Science - does not require any red or blue pills, or medication of any kind.
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