Cognitive Science

If proved effective and safe, electrical stimulation could be used in clinics, classrooms and even at home to help people who struggle with particular cognitive tasks. Photo: AP

Gentle electric shocks to brain boost maths ability

People who struggle with maths fare better after a course of gentle electric shocks to the brain, British scientists have claimed. Psychologists at Oxford University found that students scored higher on mental arithmetic tasks after a five-day course of brain stimulation.