people-textingElectroencephalography has been a useful technology for roughly one hundred years but it can, apparently, still offer scientists some new insights in terms of brain waves. Indeed, researchers in Philadelphia has used this not-yet-archaic technology to detect a new brain waveform during the act of texting.

Actually, EEG technicians at two separate academic medical centers noted similar things when observing what they thought were test abnormalities.

“We think active text messaging actually creates an electrophysiologic potential that’s unique to some type of personal electronic device,” explains William Tatum, DO, of the Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic. He had originally reported the findings of these studies at a press briefing for the American Epilepsy Society.

Now, Tatum had fist described some of these cases at an early neurophysiology meeting, where he encountered Michael Stein, MD, of Rush University also presenting similar findings. Of course, they came together to compare and combine research.

Tatum continues, “It could be some type of emotional property, be it the emotional context of interacting with someone in non-verbal communication, or some potential biomarker that might speak to a specificity important to industry, perhaps reflecting a heightened level of emotion that might be garnished in terms of identifying special skill set.”

Marvin Rossi, MD, PhD, is also with the Rush University Medical Center, and while he was not directly involved with either study, he shares that the findings are, at the very least, intriguing, intimating that further research should certainly be conducted.
Rossi comments, “We see unknown variants that haven’t been described, but they’re often pieces of variants that have been described, whereas this is unique and interesting. We did bring up the possibility of using this in the gaming industry or some methodology to … interface with the brain.”

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