Here’s a weird study to pass along: “Scientists found that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little experience with meditation or yoga.”
That’s from this link at Science World Report. It goes on:
The researchers found that those with yoga or meditation experience were twice as likely to complete the brain-computer interface task by the end of 30 trials. In addition, they learned about three times faster than their counterparts for the left-right cursor movement experiments.
The findings reveal potential training a person to undergo in order to help improve this type of interface. This is particularly important when it comes to helping physically disabled individuals.
This University Herald story sheds a little more light on it:
Researchers from the University of Minnesota said their findings could have major implications for treatments of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
“In recent years, there has been a lot of attention on improving the computer side of the brain-computer interface but very little attention to the brain side,” Bin He, who led the study, said in a statement. “This comprehensive study shows for the first time that looking closer at the brain side may provide a valuable tool for reducing obstacles for brain-computer interface success in early stages.”
Promising. But I can’t help but think of this:
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