Have you ever wished you could just flip a switch and shut down your overheated brain for a couple of minutes? A team of scientists believe it’s possible.
A group of researchers were conducting a study on a 54 year old female patient as a part of a study on seizures. The scientists, who were led by George Washington University’s Mohamad Koubeissi, applied a small electrical impulse to a part of the patient’s brain, known as claustrum. The patient lost consciousness and when she awoke she didn’t have any memory of the whole thing. The scientists conducted a number of similar experiments with the same patient with higher electrical impulses, during which the brain of the patient was completely shut down. Thus, the team drew the conclusion that the tiny claustrum region was acting like a switch on/off button for the whole brain.
The group is hoping to find a way to bring back to consciousness coma patients using this finding. However, they have to run a number of tests on other patients as well in order to verify their study.