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February 10, 2011

Free your mind - Creativity Cap for enhancing creativity from Australia

Matrix movie quote - Morpheus: I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.

Professor Allan Snyder and Richard Chi from Sydney University's Centre of the Mind said subjects wearing the cap were able to acquire new modes of thinking and were three times as likely to solve complex problems. Brain trauma victims sometimes experience a suppression of the left temporal lobe – which, in layman's terms – frees up the right side of the brain to be more creative. Using 10-15 minutes of electrical pulses the creativity cap temporarily and safely reduces left temporal lobe activity to free the right side of the brain to be more creative for about one hour.



Prof Snyder and Mr Chi's cap artificially manipulates the hemispheres of the brain to recreate the phenomenon.

After being exposed to low-level electrical pulses for 10 to 15 minutes, subjects were easily able to acquire new modes of thinking and were able to apply them for up to an hour.

The subjects were also three times as likely to solve complex problems while wearing the cap.

"Without the stimulation, only 20 per cent of people could do it," Mr Chi told news.com.au.

"With the stimulation, 60 per cent of people could solve the problem."

Prof Snyder said it was "the largest cognitive enhancement we are aware of"

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