Brain Hacks: Retrofitting the Sixth Sense

A Pecha Kucha Talk I gave on 28c3. A brain hack is identifying a neuronal mechanism that was evolutionary (probably) developed to do one thing, and then exploiting or hijacking this mechanism to do another. While not being a novel idea as such, advances in neuroscience have allowed us to model a number of such mechanisms that are particularly prone to being “hacked”. What annoys me however, is that if you google for “brain hacks” you will find loads of “brain improvement tips”, yet no satisfactory explanation how and why these so-called hacks shall work. In this talk, I will present one exemplary model mechanism, how we hacked it, and the surprising results we found.

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