Magnets can turn our brain

A powerful magnetic field can temporarily confuse the brain and alter our hand preference, a new study has found. 

Dr Flavio Oliveira, who led the study, said: “We are not really looking at handedness, but at hand choice. We found that in situations where people are almost equally likely to use their left or right hand we can make them use their left hand more by stimulating this part of the brain.”

“Before you reach out to press an elevator button or grab a coffee cup your brain is making a decision about which hand to use. We are handicapping one of the hands so that the other one wins,” Dr Oliveira was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Earlier this year, a similar study showed that magnetic therapy can alter people’s moral judgements – and make them behave more thoughtlessly.

From The Hindu

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