Shocking Mathematical Results
When it comes out that I’m a math person, the most common response from people I meet is “I was never very good at math“. After a lifetime of struggling to find the appropriate response, I finally have something positive and proactive to say: go get yourself some electroshock therapy.
According to a recent study, running a mild electric current through the brain seems to temporarily increase mathematical ability. Apparently the study involved teaching the subjects a new numeration system (could it have been octomatics?) and testing their ability to organize those symbols before and after electrical stimulation of the parietal lobe.
In addition to slightly increasing mathematical ability and potentially treating dyscalculia, there is hope that such electrical stimulation could improve other brain function, as well.
Now, how can I bring this revolutionary technique into my classroom?