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Sep 28, 2010

Magnets Could Turn You From a Rightie to a Leftie

I don't know why you'd want to be a leftie, but at least we know the choice is out there if now. The magic causing the change of dexterity is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and is specifically intended for right-handers.

When magnets are applied to a specific part of the brain (the posterior parietal cortex region, which is involved with planning physical movements), researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that their 33 right-handed guinea pig volunteers started favoring their left hands for smaller tasks instead.

While people weren't beginning to write with their left hands, they did find that they started picking stuff up with their other hand, or pressing an elevator button.

The potential here is obviously vast, and I'm not just talking about which hand we use. Imagine if magnets could make us favor healthy food over fattier food? Earlier mornings instead of long lie-ins? I can almost see horror movies being planned using unauthorized TMS technology, that's how big this could get.

Still, it's only early days for the team in California, but I doubt I'm the only one who's on the edge of their seats over this one.

37 comments:

razortek said...

lol cool i fap myself alright with both hands so doesn't change anything.
useless
Supp Bro :D
Cool post bro!

Stav88os said...

Cool Story Bro!;)

i_love_weed said...

science: you never cease to amaze me :D

RoodNverse said...

why do they spend time on stupid things lol , cool post thanks

All NY Love said...

scary! i don't want them mind-controlling me with magnet pillows vendored by wal-mart!

Izzie said...

I wonder what sort of freak side-effects this will have?

Naj said...

seen this on tv. it can even make you draw better!

Drackar said...

I dunno. I don't know why I'd want to become a righty. Buncha freaks, the lot of em.

Slumph said...

Magnets...

arnyke said...

Supportin :D
Cool post bro!

ShredGuitar said...

Very nice!

Trashcanman said...

fuckin magnets

Alex said...

Im already a lefty so screws yas all! haha.

Check me out :)

loloriz0r said...

How do they work?
I dont wanna talk to a scientist.

Biff Tanner said...

Crazy shit

Clox said...

wow magnets, who knew? Cool post.

la comédie said...

nice pic loverr

Blinkin said...

nice one

Positive Tension said...

sounds interesting. there's enormous potential in this.

Swift Love said...

this is one of my more favorite blog posts from you :)

Janus Kane said...

Tell me your already planning a follow up to this, mate ;) I'll be checking back and hoping for more awesome finds!

-JKane

Lewis Candler said...

ill try this when i break my arm

shirou said...

cool post bro, keep it up..

BigBear said...

Awwwww yeeeee

HiFi said...

I have two stumps for arms. The feather duster's gonna have to re-acquaint itself if I do magnets! :D

Andrew said...

Magnetic devices, in what manner do they operate?

First they only attracted metal, now this?

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

I wanna be a lefty!!
cool post bro
supporting and following

ƒιяѕт ℓσνє said...

I think that's scary D:

Indie0987 said...

lol, don't these scientists have anything better to do?!

Deep Thought said...

Science is: incredible

Erroneous Maximus said...

Magnets! Oh wow, this feels very much connected with putting chips in people's clothing and so on. I suppose ... this could be useful... but GOD i cannot stop thinking of arch-villain type ideas. THANKS!!

Crunky said...

ok thats just whacked...

David said...

NIce man :d

Katie Greene said...

go bears!

i miss berkeley so goddam much sometimes...

JeevesTheHitman said...

Are they sure it isn't dangerous?

Graviteh said...

Sounds like a new ICP song in the making.

aGas said...

hahah, never thought that that could even be possible!