The brain is an incredible communicator and networker, but like estranged besties, some parts will simply not speak directly to other parts. These parts of the brain must find alternative avenues of communication, and according to recent research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), an open source voice modulation software named D.A.V.I.D. has found a way to intercept and mess with these communications (while simultaneously providing evidence that such a thing exists).
Like autotune in music, this voice modulation software can ruin your mood with a quickness. Listening to one’s own voice, modulated with a new emotional affect, can serve to induce that same emotional response. Listening to yourself sound anxious can make you anxious, just as listening to yourself sound excited or happy can induce excitement and happiness. The power of having part of our emotional system on the outside is clear, we really can fake it to make it, at least in this respect.
The software is free and open to the public for research or fun and Exceptionalitude isn’t one to miss out on a good brain hack. Intercepting, re-modulating, and feeding back data for a system change is some of the truest brain-hacking I’ve seen!
Come try it out for free with Exceptionalitude to get a taste of some brain modulation power. Stay tuned as we try out this fun software on the aberrant minds of local comics on Denver’s Brain Teasers!