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Who sees the grandmother, and who - the Virgin Mary

Once I volunteered myself. After learning about brain stimulation experiments, during which you can meet with ... God. For the first time they were placed in the West. And we have reproduced in one of the laboratories of the Federal Scientific Clinical and Experimental Center for Traditional Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment, which was headed by Candidate of Medical Sciences Olga Koekina.

Then my head was enmeshed with an electroencephalograph. They gave a generator of longitudinal waves in their hands, creating a cunning magnetic field. They asked to press the device to the head right behind the right ear.

I closed my eyes ... After a few seconds, the darkness lit up with a blue light. The next moment, the light gathered in a thin beam, which began to describe the circles, as if scanning space. It soon shrunk into a sparkling tunnel. And at the end of it a white cloud suddenly appeared, which took the form of an octopus. “Octopus” began to pull its “tentacle” towards me ... And then the experience stopped.

So God, if it was him, appeared before me in an unusual way.

Others are more fortunate. For example, those who participated in the experiments of the famous neuroscience professor Michael Persinger from Laurentian University in Sudbury (Ontario, Canada). The professor sent magnetic impulses to the temporal lobes of the brain of volunteers. Scientifically, this effect is called transcranial (intracranial. - Ed.) Magnetic stimulation, or TMS. Of the 900 people who passed it, more than 700 "met with the guests." True, everyone saw what he believed. Some are divine images: Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Mohammed, or the Spirit of Heaven. Others were deceased relatives. Others talked with representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations.

Persinger is not yet ready to make a final conclusion about the existence of "another world." But his experiments make it possible to doubt that visions are only the product of the excited state of the right hemisphere of the brain responsible for emotions.

“Perhaps God exists, but as a kind of energy field,” suggests the scientist.

Professor Boris Rodionov, academician of the Academy of Military Sciences of the Russian Federation, told me that he once used a magnetic field for TMS many times stronger than that of its predecessors. I was afraid that I saw baby Jesus in the arms of the Virgin Mary.

Magnet turns right handed into left handed

Before a person presses the elevator button or picks up a cup, his brain decides which hand to use. Solves subconsciously, makes the choice completely unnoticed by the "owner". A group of scientists from the University of California at Berkeley led by research leader Flavio Oliveira decided to look: is it possible to intervene in this choice? And impose your own?

Intervened again by means of a magnet.

Thirty right-handers at the request of scientists reached the mark, which was displayed on a special screen-table, then right, then left hand.

Then the hand was chosen by the subjects themselves. But at the same time, their parietal lobes of the cerebral cortex, which are responsible for the spatial orientation and planning of movements, were subjected to a powerful magnetic effect - the so-called “through-skull” magnetic stimulation.

As a result, it turned out that the right-handers, when acting on this area of ​​the brain on the left side, suddenly began to prefer the left hand. After the magnet was turned off, everything returned to normal - its effect is short.

Scientists suggest that the magnet temporarily disrupted the work of the neurons that control the right hand, giving the opportunity to act with the left.

And what is surprising: for some reason, the magnetic focus with left-handers did not succeed. They did not become right-handed even for a short time.

As Svyatoslav Medvedev, the director of the Brain Institute, once said in a conversation with me, even if on another occasion: “How the brain works, it remains incomprehensible.”

Memory can be rewritten

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Richard Hugeneer and Roger Clem, have recently said that they have learned to erase bad memories at the molecular level! Fortunately, this process is not as painful as a similar procedure in the sci-fi film “Recall All” with Schwarzenegger in the lead role.

Scaring mice with loud and harsh sounds, the researchers found a region of the brain that responds most strongly. And in it - special proteins.

“As it turned out, these protein compounds have a unique instability, making them easy to destroy and remove from nerve cells,” explains Dr. Hohenir. - Under the influence of special chemicals, these proteins break down. And as a result, the mouse completely ceases to remember the noise that terrified them.

True, we must have time to erase the memories in the next 24 hours after suffering stress, fright, injury. Then these proteins with the fear “recorded” on them completely disappear, and the memories move to the area of ​​permanent memory, where other mechanisms that have not yet been studied by scientists work.

Unpleasant memories can be edited. This procedure is offered by other specialists from Harvard Medical School. The head of the experiment, psychiatry teacher Roger Pitman, said: “It’s unethical to completely erase memories, it makes you think about the fate of other memories associated with undesirable ones.”

“The ideal scenario is to reduce or eliminate the fear that accompanies any memory,” Pitman explains. - And the main focus is to carry out the treatment at the moment when the memory is extracted from the archive, and then to “save” in memory, as in a computer, a modified version.

Already the first experiments showed that it works. So, during the healing of the girl from the fear of dogs, she was shown photos of various dogs - seemingly evil and completely harmless. Thus, the researchers "extracted from the archive" the memory, prompting the girl to re-experience the emotions that she felt at that moment when she was frightened.

After that, she was trained to respond to the memory differently. For example, they asked to imagine that the dog saved her when she was drowning. Or protected from hooligans. That is, inspired the image of a dog-friend, a dog-helper.

At the final stage of the treatment-study, the specialists of the edited memory were fixed in her brain with the help of hypnosis.

Scientists conducted similar experiments with participants in hostilities, victims of road accidents, rape. As a result, shocking memories ceased to cause strong negative emotions.

All these studies are based on a radically new concept of storing memories in the brain. Previously, scientists believed that the memories - just photos: all the details are firmly fixed at the time of the event. But experiments have convinced me: memories are stored in the brain, like folders on a shelf. You can take a folder, open it ... And change something in it.

In the science fiction film "Recall All" Schwarzenegger tried to erase the memories. The procedure was painful.
In the science fiction film "Recall All" Schwarzenegger tried to erase the memories. The procedure was painful.

Electric shock - and you Perelman

Mathematical and other intellectual abilities of a person can be enhanced by using an electric discharge. This amazing discovery came neuroscientist Roy Cohen Kadosh from Oxford. He discovered in the right parietal lobe of the cerebral cortex (above the right ear) the area responsible for a person’s ability to read and think logically. This is the area that scientists have stimulated by electricity. They suggested that this would create additional tension in the neuronal circuit of the brain.

Electrodes on the head, as the young people participating in the experience said, had a stunning effect: the ability to solve the most complicated tasks grew many times over.

The test was attended by 15 students who were divided into three equal groups. Participants of the first and second week were “beaten” with a current of 20 minutes a day. With only one difference: some were stimulated with a “positive charge” (the current went from the right to the left side of the parietal lobe), and others were “negative”. And volunteers from the third group “tortured” for just 30 seconds.

After the “execution”, everyone was seated for mathematical tests, in which it was necessary to be able to link abstract symbols with numbers. Take into account the accuracy and speed of the tasks.

It turned out that the volunteers, whose brain was affected by a “positive” current for 20 minutes a day, showed the best results. As if Perelmans suddenly became. And the effect persisted even after six months.

Those who experienced the influence of a “negative” current, and those who were stimulated for 30 seconds, did not show any intellectual heights.

“The research results are astounding,” notes Dr. Kadosh. “But I would not advise people to use a stun gun to improve their abilities.” Accuracy is very important here. Although, perhaps, over time, therapy can be used to treat people who have experienced a stroke or brain disease.

Brain under the current becomes more susceptible and to any other knowledge, for example, it remembers words better.

However, skeptics doubt that such a very simple and somewhat rigid method does not have side effects. Now the authors of the discovery are trying to figure it out. And pick the optimal parameters.


Check the wealth of your knowledge

In the "fat" for December 3 with. We have led part of the “Are you not a genius?” test for your brain's ability to classify and generalize. Today you can find out if your logical thinking is well developed and how rich your stock of knowledge from different areas is. And also to assess their ability to analyze and the ability to quickly solve problems.

You need to choose from the list of words the one that is, in your opinion, most suitable for completing the sentence, so that it acquires the correct meaning. The time to complete the test is 6 minutes.

Sample. A rabbit is more like a cat; b) a squirrel; c) a hare; d) fox; d) hedgehog. The correct answer is c.

1. A tree always has ...

a) leaves; b) fruits; c) the kidneys; d) roots; d) the shadow.

2. The comment is ...

a) the law; b) lecture; c) explanation; d) the investigation; d) hint.

3. The opposite of betrayal is ...

and love; b) parasitism; c) cunning; d) cowardice; e) devotion.

4. Women ... are taller than men.

a) always; b) usually; c) often; d) never; e) sometimes.

5. Dinner cannot take place without ...

a) table; b) service; c) food; d) water; e) hunger.

6. The opposite of rest is ...

a) work; b) care; c) fatigue; d) walk; e) training.

7. For trade, you must have ...

a) shop; b) money; c) counter; g) product; e) scales.

8. When a dispute ends in mutual concession, it is called ...

a) by convention; b) a compromise; c) a junction; d) collusion; e) reconciliation.

9. A person who treats innovations badly is called ...

a) an anarchist; b) a liberal; c) a democrat; d) radical; e) conservative.

10. Sons ... surpass the fathers in life experience ...

a) never; b) often; c) rarely; d) usually; e) always.

11. With the same weight, most proteins contain ...

a) meat; b) eggs; c) fat; d) fish; d) bread.

12. The ratio of winnings and losses in the lottery makes it possible to determine ...

a) the number of participants; b) profit; c) the price of one ticket; d) the number of tickets; d) the probability of winning.

13. Aunt ... is older than her niece ...

a) always; b) rarely; c) almost always; d) never; e) required.

14. The statement that all people are honest ...

a) false; b) slyly; c) absurd; d) right; e) not proven.

15. The height of a six-year-old child is approximately ... cm.

a) 160; b) 60; c) 140; d) 110; e) 50.

16. The length of the match ... see

a) 4; b) 3; c) 2.5; d) 6; e) 5.

17. A not completely proven statement is called ...

a) ambiguous; b) paradoxical; c) hypothetical; d) confused; d) obvious.

18. To the north of all these cities is located ...

a) Novosibirsk; b) Murmansk; c) Krasnoyarsk; d) Irkutsk; e) Khabarovsk.

19. Offer does not exist without ...

a) the verb; b) subject; c) treatment; d) points; e) words;

20. The distance between Moscow and Novosibirsk is about ... km.

a) 3000; b) 1000; c) 7000; d) 4800; e) 2100.


If you correctly completed 15 to 20 sentences, your intellect is very high, on a five-point scale - a solid five.

If you gave the correct answers for 10 - 15 tasks, this is also a good result, but a point below - 4.

If you were able to accurately answer only 5 - 10 sentences, you may not have enough speed in assessing situations, the ability to grab the important immediately. It means that you should take decisions without rushing - it is better to measure seven times.

If you correctly answered 1 - 5 sentences, well, you need to read more. Or maybe today you're just tired?


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