Experiment Gives Lab Rats The Ability To Communicate Telepathically

There’s something a bit dark about this impressive experiment, in which one rat telepathically gives orders to the other. New Scientist reports:

The world’s first brain-to-brain connection has given rats the power to communicate by thought alone. “Many people thought it could never happen,” says Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University. Nicolelis’s team has demonstrated a direct interface between two brains – with the rats sharing both motor and sensory information.

The feat was achieved by first training rats to press one of two levers when an LED above that lever was lit. A correct action opened a hatch containing water to drink. The researchers wired up the implants of an encoder and a decoder rat. The pair were given the lever-press task, but only the encoder rats saw the LEDs come on. Brain signals from the encoder rat were transmitted to the decoder rat. The team found that the decoders, despite having no visual cue, pressed the correct lever.

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19 Responses to Experiment Gives Lab Rats The Ability To Communicate Telepathically

  1. bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Maybe someday this technology will become so advanced that we will be able to role play telepathically, communicate nonverbally from mind to mind, and see through each other’s eyes. That would be awesome. :D But it brings to mind the rather scary question of brain-internet viruses.

    • Matt Staggs March 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      BRAIN SPAM!

      • bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

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      • bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

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      • bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

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      • bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

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        • DrSanchezMD March 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

          ahahaha… welcome to the future

    • Chaorder Gradient March 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      I communicate non-verbally all the time.

      • bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

        Oh come on. You know what I mean. :P

    • echar March 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Knowing what people really think would be awful. They may not mean what they think either, but how would one know that for sure?

      • bobbiethejean March 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

        Well, I don’t imagine you would just be able to stroll right into someone else’s brain. At least I hope not. That could be scary.

        • echar March 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

          A mental doorbell. Will there be mental breaking and entering?

        • echar March 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

          A mental doorbell. Will there be mental breaking and entering?

      • kowalityjesus March 4, 2013 at 12:27 am #

        I think once a person got used to the radical nature of unspoken thoughts, they would begin to deal with it. It would probably be like everyone had tourrets for a while. “sober thoughts are drunken words” then what are drunken thoughts?

        • echar March 4, 2013 at 3:01 am #

          “Then what are drunken thoughts?”

          Augmented sober thoughts?

    • Kevin Leonard March 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      we already have brain-internet viruses
      you know them as memes

      (not referring to the lolcat variety,
      but those more insidious buggers,
      like, “Better Living Through Chemistry)

  2. BuzzCoastin March 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    the fact that scientists still believe that thoughts are brain based & exclusive
    shows they have a long way to go before they reach understanding
    good!

  3. Vance Powell March 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Since I didn’t see a link on this page, here’s the original article: http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130228/srep01319/full/srep01319.html

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