Dr Matthew Phillips from HRL’s information and system sciences Laboratory said that, “We measured the brain activity patterns of six commercial and military pilots and then transmitted these patterns into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an airplane in a realistic flight simulator”
In their latest study, researchers successfully used a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation, or TDCS, to “transfer” brain activity from expert pilots to beginners to improve skills of pilots learning to fly. It looks like we’re all on the way to becoming like Neo, expressing surprise that we know the proverbial “kung fu”.
Imagine brain activity as a skull-shaped map of electrical currents: People who are better at certain tasks — say, landing a virtual plane — are going to have very different natural patterns of electrical activity than the rest of us when it comes to actually applying those skills. It’s a good thing, then, that we’ve figured out other ways to run electricity through our brains.
According to the researcher, the potential to increase learning with brain stimulation may make this form of accelerated learning commonplace.
As we discover more about optimizing, personalizing, and adapting brain stimulation protocols, we’ll likely see these technologies become routine in training and classroom environments, Dr Philips noted.
“It’s possible that brain stimulation could be implemented for classes like drivers’ training, SAT prep, and language learning,” Dr Philips noted.