Thinking Cap by Prof. Allan Snyder and Richard Chi
Good news for those who often have difficulty in thinking and solving problems. “Thinking cap”, which when translated into “Thinking Hats”, often used as a metaphor that is addressed to the people who must find a solution to a problem. Now the thinking cap is not just a metaphor anymore, but it has become a real product.
Prof. Allan Snyder and Richard Chi from the Centre of the Mind University of Sydney creates a thinking hat that provides stimulation to the head with electric vibration. This concept is taken from various stories and myths about people who suddenly can play the piano after being struck by lightning or brain trauma patients who miraculously have the ability in art. In some cases, brain trauma causes obstruction to the performance of left temporal lobe. As a result this will add the liveliness of the right brain performance and trigger the person to think more creatively.
This artificial cap invented by Prof. Snyder and Chi is able to manipulate the state of human brain to create the phenomenon like mentioned above. In his research, Prof. Snyder and Chi set up a problem that must be resolved by a group of research subjects. Before stimulation is given, only 20% among the subjects can successfully solved the problem. Meanwhile, after a given stimulation, the number of subjects who can successfully solved the problem increase to 3-fold.
The purpose of this hat is not to make people become more intelligent, but more creative. It is expected that with this discovery, its users can view the world in new ways, taking ideas from various places and develop them.