External EM forces's affectability on minds

Peter F. effectivespamblock at ozemail.com.au
Fri Mar 12 00:20:57 EST 2004


Allan Snyder has been working with Trans Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
to shut off parts of the brain in ordinary people to try to mimic his
hypthesised cause of savant style abilities:
Which is, that in normal people intact brain structures normally masques
'structurally present' but subordinated to the extent of being completely
swamped savant-type functural capacities.
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from http://www.ssn.flinders.edu.au/psyc/research/autism/

Savant syndrome: Identification of latent savant talents. A recent
hypothesis that has received much attention is that savant type abilities
"reside equally in all of us" (Snyder & Mitchell, 1999, p591). Snyder and
Mitchell suggest that we all have access to this fundamental mechanism,
perhaps even some privileged information, but because of higher order
cognitive processing we are unable to access this or these mechanisms.
Savants, on the other hand, are not concept driven and lack central
coherence and are therefore able to access this information. It is
anticipated that by interfering with normal functioning in the anterior
temporal lobe of normal participants through trans-cranial magnetic
stimulation we will see significant improvement in the talents that mediate
all savant activities (e.g., pitch, perspective, memory). Disruption to
cortical functioning can be achieved through artificial means involving
electrical stimulation of the cortex. This is known as Transcranial magnetic
stimulation (TMS). TMS is a modern technique, which allows safe,
non-invasive and painless stimulation of the brain. This technique allows
the study of the contribution of a given cortical region to a specific
behaviour (Pascual-Leone, et al, 1998; Pascual-Leone et al., 1999).
Mechanisms identified through previous research and thought to underpin
savant skills will be measured during this interference. This project was
conducted in conjunction with the physiology department at the University of
Adelaide. Follow-up studies using this technique are planned.
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Here is a URL that is interesting not just in relation to TCM stimulation:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=search&db=pubmed&term=%22T
ranscranial+magnetic+stimulation%22
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Tell the other guys to put this in their pipes and smoke it! :-)

P





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