The world’s first brain-to-brain connection has given rats the power to communicate by thought alone.
The feat was achieved by first training rats to press one of two levers when an LED above that lever was lit. A correct action opened a hatch containing a drink of water. The rats were then split into two groups, designated as “encoders” and “decoders”.
An array of microelectrodes – each about one-hundredth the width of a human hair – was then implanted in the encoder rats’ primary motor cortex, an area of the brain that processes movement. The team used the implant to record the neuronal activity that occurs just before the rat made a decision in the lever task. They found that pressing the left lever produced a different pattern of activity from pressing the right lever, regardless of which was the correct action.
Pairs of rats were even able to cooperate across continents using cyberspace. Brain signals from an encoder rat at the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil were sent to a decoder in Nicolelis’s lab in North Carolina via the internet. Though there was a slight transmission delay, the decoder rat still performed with an accuracy similar to those of rats in closer proximity with encoders.
So, not telepathy, really. Read the article for more about this experiment but when I see titles like this, I have to look to see what is ACTUALLY happening. Telepathy as a genuine ability has significant problems. There is no mechanism that makes sense. It does not seem to depend on distance or even time. And the studies that show it actually exists have not been convincing. But, the researcher were actually able to think about brain waves with electronics. We can’t say the same for the as yet unproven, popular description of “telepathy”.