The Electromagnets Made Me Spank Her

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!

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  1. Gretchen commented on May 17th, 2013:

    …but the experimenter who set it up that way may well be “that type of Woman”! LOL

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