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Snyder asked people how many dots they saw flash onto a screen before and after zapping their brains. Each time, he used either real or fake transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). He found that people were better at guessing the number of dots after a dose of real TMS - he believes it gave their brains savant-like access to raw, uninterpreted data.

And Snyder thinks the technique could make people genuinely more creative. 'By using TMS on ordinary people, you can strip away preconceptions. The relevance to creativity is obvious,' he says.

Go to the next page to try part of Snyder’s experiment.

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Allan Snyder, Centre for the Mind, Australia
Allan Snyder, Centre for the Mind, Australia
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