US Air Force experiments create ‘supersoldiers’ with enhanced mental skills by boosting brains with electric shocks

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  • Used electrical brain stimulators to enhance the mental skills of soldiers 
  • Could lead to treatments for drone operators, air crews and others
  • Tests showed shocks can ‘augment and enhance multitasking capability’

Military scientists in the US have revealed a series of experiments designs to create ‘supersoldiers’ with enhanced mental capabilities.

The successful tests used electrical brain stimulators to enhance the mental skills of soldiers.

It is hoped the research could lead to treatments for drone operators, air crews and others in demanding roles.

‘Within the Air Force, various operations such as remotely piloted and manned aircraft operations require a human operator to monitor and respond to multiple events simultaneously over a long period of time,’ researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio wrote in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

‘With the monotonous nature of these tasks, the operator’s performance may decline shortly after their work shift commences.’

Brain stimulation kits use five electrodes to send weak electric currents through the skull and into specific parts of the cortex. (Click to Article)

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