Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reach

In a recent experiment, an Indian said “hola” and “ciao” to three French persons. That may not seem spectacular today with the Web, smartphones, and worldwide calling, but it was. 

 Greetings were not spoken, typed, or texted. One of the first brain-to-brain communications occurred between study subjects' brains.

Researchers from Barcelona's Starlab, French business Axilum Robotics, and Harvard Medical School published their findings in PLOS One this month. 

Study co-author Alvaro Pascual-Leone, director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School, hopes this and future research will provide a new communication pathway for non-verbal patients.

“We want to improve the ways people can communicate in the face of limitations—those who can't speak or have sensory impairments,” he says. “Can we overcome those limitations and communicate with someone or a computer?”

Pascual-Leone's experiment worked—the correspondents didn't speak, type, or look at each other. However, he admits that the test was mostly a proof of concept and that the technique needs improvement. 

 “It’s still very, very early,” he continues, “but we can show that this is even possible with available technology. The contrast between phone calls and Morse code. You must first take specific steps to reach our destination.”

It's debatable whether this method was new. IEEE Spectrum said this study is comparable to one at the University of Washington last year. Instead of pulsing light, researchers utilized the same EEG-to-TMS system to subconsciously trigger the brain's motor cortex to hit a keyboard key. Pascual-Leone says his work is notable because the recipient was aware of the communication.

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