STAT: Can zapping your neck help you quickly learn a foreign language?

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This STAT article features Justin Williams, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in biomedical engineering and neurological surgery and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison.

Someday it may be possible for a soldier to stick a tiny electrode behind her ear in order to learn a foreign language more quickly.

That’s the goal of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency initiative that announced this week providing more than $50 million in funding for eight teams to research how to improve people’s ability to learn new things by stimulating the peripheral nervous system, which consists of the nerves that fan out from the brain and spinal cord. Read more…