But that skepticism has only inspired Pavel and his colleagues, including associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Deniz Erdogmus, to work even harder on a project aimed at exploring their innovative research. They recently received a contract to study the phenomenon from the Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-solving Program, known as SHARP. The program is sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a government agency that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research.
Researchers at Oxford University, who are part of the same SHARP team as Erdogmus and Pavel, previously demonstrated that applying transcranial current stimulation helps children perform better on mathematics problems. “The question is how well does this method work for improving fluid intelligence,” said Pavel, who holds joint appointments in the College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Science.