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Offline johnb

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Effect on brain of flashing lights
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:00:02 PM »
Just read about this new research:

The Massachusetts team found shining a strobe light into rodents' eyes encouraged protective cells to gobble up the harmful proteins that accumulate in the brain in this type of dementia.

The perfect rate of flashes was 40 per second - a barely perceptible flicker, four times as fast as a disco strobe.

The researchers say the approach should be tested in humans.

Hope it turns out to be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's. But I also wonder if it might have other applications. Could flashing lights at other frequencies have other effects? Maybe some effects that are useful for inducing more dreaming or lucidity?
In the secret space of dreams
Where I dreaming lay amazed
When the secrets all are told
And the petals all unfold
When there was no dream of mine
You dreamed of me.
-- from Attics of My Life, by Robert Hunter

Offline Komikubo45

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Re: Effect on brain of flashing lights
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 10:01:56 AM »
I dont think so. I think this would keep you awake instead of introducing lucidity :)