How would it be if we could communicate with each other using solely our thoughts? Well, scientists tried to discover if brain-to-brain communication, also called telepathy, is possible for human beings. Although the idea may seem improbable, an experiment seems to show that this is not as unrealistic as we might have thought.
Several researchers from the University of Washington have discovered that brain-to-brain communication is actually possible by connecting two people’s brains using an Internet connection. They were asked to play a game made up of 20 questions. They had to answer them without using words. The results of this experiment were written down in PLOS ONE journal.
During the long lasting experiment, the experts used a complicated machine in order to transmit the brain signals from one person to another.
Andrea Stocco, the professor who conducted the experiment, said it was very complex.
“This is the most complex brain-to-brain experiment, I think, that’s been done to date in humans […] it uses conscious experiences through signals that are experienced visually,” she declared.
The experiment was held in dark rooms, with each of the two participants situated at about a mile distance one from each other. There were 5 pairs of participants.
One of them had to wear a cap connected to a machine that would record brain signals. For the first participant, the respondent, an object was shown on the screen, while the other one, the inquirer, was given a list with possible objects and also containing several questions. With only one click, the inquirer sent questions and the responder had to answer them with ”yes” or ”no” by watching two lights of the monitor.
The result showed that the participants could guess the object in 72% of the cases.
The experiment represents a continuation of another one, held in 2013, that constituted the first attempt to show that a brain-to-brain connection between humans really exists.