In olden times, mapping London’s brain activity was a troublesome process. Once a decade, government science bods would herd 5,000 unwilling volunteers into the Royal Albert Hall, hook them up to invasive electrodes and pulse them with thousands of volts until someone invariably burst into flames. Terrible business.
Thankfully, in this era of smartphones, Twitter and supermarket self-checkout machines, getting a handle on the city’s mental mettle is a whole lot easier. So easy, in fact, that anyone with an iOS or Android device can take part in one of the biggest mental experiments ever attempted.
Organised by UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, The Great Brain Experiment app aims to analyse a variety of basic brain functions, collating data from thousands of (thankfully) anonymous users to paint a grand picture of the nation’s mental powers.
The app consists of four game-like tests, which challenge memory, impulsiveness, perception and decision-making skills. After completing the tests, you’ll then be asked a few questions about yourself before your contribution to the experiment is submitted.
To get involved, simply download The Great Brain Experiment on your iPhone, iPad or Android device today. Even if you’re not interested in contributing to the greater good, you’ll at least get to find out how much smarter/thicker you are than the rest of the country. David Clack
Get involved and download the app thegreatbrainexperiment.com.