Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Bigger Question Is, Why Wasn't He Before?

#1 Blogdaughter sends in this rather odd medical story...

Brain implant turned man into passionate Johnny Cash fan
Researchers say they were left shocked after a man being treated for severe obsessive-compulsive disorder became a passionate Johnny Cash fan after having a stimulation device planted in his head.

A report in the Frontier in Behavioral Neuroscience journal by Mariska Mantione and colleagues describe the case of “Mr. B.”, a 58-year-old Dutch man who had suffered severe obsessive-compulsive disorder from the age of 13.
Oh, those crazy Aussies! Imagine not being a fan of Johnny Cash! I mean, HELLO?

Now, the science behind this story is amazing. I had no idea there were electro-cortical stimulators actually in use. We've had pacemakers to regulate heartbeats for many decades; however modulating brain waves is pretty uncharted territory. And, as we're finding out, things that we would have no idea would be connected are turning out to be so...

I mean, really!

That is all.


Anonymous said...

They had a implant for irritable bowel syndrome but they discontinued it after all the patients became Taylor Swift fans.
The cure was worse than the disease.


Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I'm waiting for someone to come up with Larry Niven's "wire". Wanna get high? Just plug in!

Bubblehead Les. said...

So THAT explains why all those people Voted for Obama! Implants!

Dave H said...

Les: That explains Obamacare.

"Doc, I've got a splinter and I think it's infected. Can you take a look?"
"Sure, but first we need to hook up these electrodes..."

Sigivald said...


It says he was Dutch.

Old NFO said...

Hmmm. sounds like 'one' of those probes got 'misplaced'... :-)