6 Sep 2014

You read my mind: scientists claim ‘first telepathy success’

Scientists claim to have conducted the world’s first successful telepathy experiment. They say that they have sent a “mental message” from one person, to another 4,000 miles away.

The experiment was conducted by a team of experts from the Harvard University.

During the experiment, the researchers connected a person sitting in Mumbai, India, to a wireless headset that was linked with the internet.

Another person who was part of the experiment was sitting in Paris with the similar devices attached with him.

As per a report in the journal PLOS ONE, the first person sitting in Mumbai thought of greeting the person sitting in France.

The first person just thought “ciao”, which means “hello” in Italian.

The researchers found that the person sitting in Paris was aware of the thoughts that were occurring in the mind of the first person.

Channel 4 News asked Twitter users what messages they would send if they had the power of telepathy.

Sources revealed that the researchers made brain recordings of the individual in India and decoded and mailed the message to Paris, where a machine changed those words into brain stimulation in another person.

The individual in France perceived the signals sent by the first individual in the form of flashes of lights.

Giulio Ruffini, a theoretical physicist and co-author of the research, said, “It is kind of technological realization of the dream of telepathy, but it is definitely not magical. We are using technology to interact electromagnetically with the brain”.

Researchers in the current study used Electroencephalogram, or EEG, recordings by attaching an electrode cap on the scalp of both the individuals so that they could keep a track on the activities that were occurring at the wider region of brain during the experiment.

Whereas in the previous studies researchers used a method called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to stimulate parts of brain.

In the recent study, the researchers used both the technologies, EEG recording and TMS.