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Neuroscientists at Duke University have proven that telepathic communication is possible, and can be done across continents according to a publication of the discovery in the journal Scientific Reports. The telepathic communication was between rats. Similar experiments are already being tested on monkeys. This is the first reported discovery of telepathic communication between animals.
In the experiment, two rats that could not see each other were trained to press certain levers in exchange for a food pellet. The first rat was given a visual cue that told it which of two levers to push, which corresponded to a lever in the other rat's chamber. The other rat did not receive a visual cue but instead received brain waves (transmitted through arrays of electrodes between the rats' brains) that informed it which lever to push.
If the second rat pressed the correct lever, the first "encoder" rat would receive an additional reward, giving the rats incentive to work together. The second rat pressed the correct lever 70 percent of the time.
To prove the same experiment could be done with "interference," researcher Miguel Nicolelis calls placed a rat in his lab in North Carolina and another rat in a lab in Brazil. Using an Internet connection, he found the rats were still able to work together.
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