Mental telepathy between humans has never been exactly proven, but it looks like this brain activity is more possible now that there is a study that proves the brain-to-brain interaction of animals. For the first time, researchers and scientists were able to make the brains of two rats communicate even if they are continents apart. The rats were able to solve simple behavioral puzzles.
Researchers, who called this potential for linking multiple brains “organic computer,” did an experiment at the Duke University School of Medicine on a pair of rats. They tried to prove that the rats can communicate via sensors that will be inputted in their bodies.
The result is that the two rats were able to connect with each other through the arrays of microelectrodes inserted into the part of the cortex that processes motor information. One rat was the encoder while the other rat was the decoder. When the encoder rat pressed the right lever (with an indication light), so he can get a sip of water, the decoder rat was also able to press the right lever as well (without an indication light).
What the researchers did was to translate the encoder rat’s behavioral decision into a pattern of electrical stimulation, which will then be delivered to the decoder rat. The rats were able to connect well for about 70 percent of the time, which is only slightly lower than the 78 percent the researchers estimated as the maximum level of success for the experiment.
The research is seemingly paving the way for the possibility that two human brains can also be connected in the future. Although it might still be a long way to go before such experiment can be allowed for humans, there is now hope that interaction between brain waves is quite possible.
In fact, another experiment on the rats were done in two different continents, and they were still able to reflect a considerable success rate.
Telepathy in Humans
There has been a number of people throughout history who claimed to have mental telepathy abilities. American author Upton Sinclair said in his Mental Radio book that his wife, Mary Craig Kimbrough, was able to recreate 65 out of the 290 pictures that Sinclair drew. The pictures weren’t shown to Kimbrough before the experiment. However, such experiment was never accepted in science because it was not conducted in a controlled scientific laboratory.
Another sample of the existence of mental telepathy was the one between author Harold Sherman and explorer Hubert Wilkins from 1937 to 1938. Sherman was in New York while Wilkins was in the Arctic when they tried to visualize an image of what they did or what they thought of in a day. They recorded the images in a diary. There was a 75-percent success rate as to the similarity of the images.
There are a lot of criticisms and skepticisms against telepathy, mainly because there is no concrete proof yet that it exists in humans. Of course, popular culture has always used mental telepathy on superheroes and supervillains but unless an actual scientific experiment can be done, then all of those will remain pure fictions.
Source: Medical Xpress