The technology is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and it’s the new experimental science of altering brain activity with targeted electromagnets. I love the repressed British horror that our reporter expresses when the technology nearly causes him to spank someone:
I can reassure people as to the safety of TMS, in that I’ve experienced it several times myself by volunteering for studies at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre. I only ever had one experience that alarmed me.
During one study, I was having my motor cortex activated, which caused my arm to flail involuntarily (it sounds worrying, but it’s essentially a hi-tech version of a doctor testing your reflexes in your knee with a mallet). This experience didn’t hurt, and as a neuroscience enthusiast I found the experience cool rather than worrying.
However, the physical set-up of the study and the flailing of my arm meant that I repeatedly came perilously close to slapping the (female) experimenter on the posterior.
I am not the sort of man who thinks this move is a good idea, and I can’t imagine a scenario where I could more effectively argue that it wasn’t done on purpose. But still, I’m glad it never happened.
“I am not the sort of man…” LOL!