These Headphones Promise to Stimulate Your Motor Cortex with Electrical Currents

Last week, a company called Halo Neuroscience released some over-ear headphones that promise to do a little bit more than just play music: These headphones are designed to stimulate your motor cortex and its neurons, and, in so doing, improve your exercises and make you a better athlete. If your bullshit meter is already exploding, give it a momentary rest. Neurostimulation has long been a boon to scientific studies’ exposure. You and I both want our brains to work better, and it’s tempting to believe that our neurons are at fault for our stupidity, unproductivity, laziness, and so on. If we could simply find a way to coax our neurons into doing a little extra work for us, to fire a bit more readily and communicate a bit more efficiently,…


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