Human brain and its potential remain one of the most alluring scientific mysteries. News from the field of genetic engineering and the world of nanotechnologies come on a regular basis, day after day. One can not but get used to a continuous stream of scientific revelations. However, news from a certain area of research has begun to stand out.
An extensive CIA mind-control research program was conducted in the 1950s and 1960s. The program, codenamed Project MKULTRA, was aimed at developing mind control mechanisms for further use on human subjects for interrogation purposes. Researchers used a range of means, from drugs to electronic signals.
At least 30 universities and institutions were involved in the program which included covert drug tests on “unwitting subjects in natural environment.” The program was first brought to public attention by a special presidential commission, by the U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress.
Some of the tests involved the administration of LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.” The CIA later acknowledged that numerous experiments failed to bear fruit and their contribution to science was rather questionable.
Nowadays the project has been re-launched under the different name, by the different people. EU and U.S. governments allocate pretty sizeable amount of money for financing research of mental disturbances and brain dysfunctions.
It was recently reported that a U.S. company had developed a unique crime prevention technique. The technique reportedly enables detectives to single out persons with criminal intentions “by extracting necessary information from the brain of the right person.”
Businessmen and scientists alike are interested in conducting research of the brain sections responsible for various emotions and behavior. It is easier to cajole the customer into spending if you know how the customer would react. Today many companies including Coca-Cola and BMW not only do a regular market research, they are more interested in being able to forecast the customer’s reaction to a certain brand or product. Neuromarketing and neuroeconomics are designed to study the brain of a customer in order to get maximum control over it.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is another new technique that can be used for the purpose of mind control, to some extent. One can influence a person’s thinking, perception and behavior by irradiating specific sections of the brain with magnetic radiation. These days TMS is becoming increasingly popular, largely because the technique really works or so they say citing occasional leaks from secret services. On the other hand, leaks could be a provocation.