Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts or Science?
Neither EEG recording nor this kind of brain stimulation (called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS) are new technologies. What is novel is bringing the two together for the purposes of simple communication. The Starlab researchers suggested that such “hyperinteraction technologies” could “eventually have a profound impact on the social structure of our civilization.”
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 for treatment-resistant depression, TMS uses magnetic pulses similar to those used in MRIs to stimulate specific parts of the brain that are thought to be involved in depression and mood regulation.