Electric Shock Improves Academic Performance of Students, Say Researchers
A recent study has found that by giving electric shock to the brain, the academic performance of a child could be improved. According to the researchers, the 'Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation', which was used to treat brain strokes and injuries, can provide a helpful tool in dealing with the poor academic performance.
The study was conducted by the researchers of the Oxford University. For the study, the researchers gauged as how well the brain worked in solving mathematical problems after and before receiving Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.
It has been informed that electrodes were attacked around the heads of the participants which caused electric currents to the brain of the participants. The shock was given only at certain area of brain for about 20 minutes.
The adults who participated in the study showed improvement in solving the mathematical problems after receiving shocks. The findings of the study have been published in the journal Current Biology.
The researchers have highlighted that the technique, which they have used to make the brain active, is painless. Moreover, the result of the technique could last longer. Dr. Roi Cohen Kadosh from the Oxford University is of the view that the technique could be used in the future for improving the mental activity of the student. Dr. Roi Cohen Kadosh said, "I can see a time when people plug a simple device into an iPad so that their brain is stimulated when they are doing their homework, learning French or taking up the piano".
However, the big question in front of the researchers, doctors, parents and children is that is it morally correct to give electric shock to the children who are not able to perform well in studies. There could be many reasons behind the poor performance of kids in the school. Sometimes teachers are not successful in providing adequate information about the subject they are teaching, which could directly affect the performance of the students.
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