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Social deficits associated with autism, schizophrenia induced in mice with new technology

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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 01:03 PM

Social deficits associated with autism, schizophrenia induced in mice with new technology

The findings, to be published online in Nature on July 27, lend credence to a hypothesis that has been long floated but hard to test, until now. They mark the first demonstration, the researchers said, that elevating the brain's susceptibility to stimulation can produce social deficits resembling those of autism and schizophrenia, and that then restoring the balance eases those symptoms.
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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 01:03 PM
what I found interesting in the article was that scientists are able to induce this schizophrenic/autistic/anti-social effect using pulses of light. Reminds me of the movie, "The Signal." Almost everyone who has schizophrenia, will have at least one time, admitted and proclaimed the television was communicating with them. That's not to say television was or was not; personally, I believe, as well as most of the psychiatric world believe it's a mix up of signals in the brain, and a problem decoding information, but TV is definitely a big deal in teh eyes of a schizophrenic. We all know that televisions uses the power of suggestion, subliminal artwork, etc, to convince you to do something, or to not do something, usually the former, as it's good for consumerism. There's a guy in the U.K. named Darren Brown. He's an amazing mentalist, and has done some out of this world "tricks," and one of them involved using a video game that was made custom by an engineer for him, and his own "secret blend" of light pulses. When the unsuspecting gamer at this feaux arcade game in a bar was playing, and subjected at teh right time to his magic pulse signals (of light) the subject/victim, went into an immediate trance, and became unconscious,after which the prank ensued as Darren Brown and his team transported this man to a real hospital where the modeling of the zombie arcade first person shooter was done, and then "wakes" this man up. The guy still in a trance, believes he is indeed in a hospital, inside fighting zombies (which are all actors dressed up). The young man exhibits all the traits of a mental illness, believing the actors to be zombies, and all part of the "delightful" experience of this experiment, and at one point, Darren has to step in before the man has a nervous breakdown, as the man begins to cower, and looks to not believe reality. The man is put back in trance, then woken up back at the bar. He "awakes" standing up with a smile on his face, stating something to the effect of "wow, this game is really realistic! It's like you're REALLY IN the GAME!"

Here's a link to that "trick" done with light pulses, and a master mentalist:

In the movie, "The Signal," a signal is being broadcasted on cell phones, and television sets inducing homicidal, and paranoid delusions involving auditory and visual hallucinations. The result is of course mass psychosis, murder, mayhem, and confusion of reality. The movie never reveals who, what, or why, but a speculation made by a character (sporting an aluminum foil hat) says it's a result of a psychotronic resonating signal meant to disrupt the human brain's ability to process and decipher real information, and induces psychotic, and homicidal features in humans. Here's a link to that movie trailer.
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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 01:16 PM
The movie, "The Signal"

Darren Brown's light pulse experiment that puts the user in a zombie-like trance, then induces a psychotic episode

Darren says it puts them in a "catatonic" trance. Catatonic schizophrenia basically, is what he claims he is able to induce on an otherwise "healthy" individual.

another movie with the premise of using a "ray-gun" of sorts to induce psychosis, and homicidal behaviors is

"Return in Red"

Guess what country per capita has the highest number of schizophrenics?

Guess what country per capita has the highest number of televisions per household?

edit on 27-7-2011 by N34Li3Z because: added MIB clip from youtube

posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 01:49 PM
I just remembered another point to bring, is the rising use of anti-spychotics used in the U.S. is up dramatically. If you watch television, is there a week that has gone by that you haven't seen a commerical for Abilify? (japanese made relatively new atypical antipsychotic)

So, now if you're depressed, or feeling bad, the television (commercials) are telling you to take an antipsychotic!

Here's a link to an article about the use of antipsychotics and the increased use in the United States:

Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux. Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses - primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti-psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenics. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti-psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.

Is television making us schizophrenic? Is it possible to induce a mental illness through television?
The above article is an "opinion" article written by a journalist, not a scientific article mind you, but does have accurate on.

Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.

Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses - primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti-psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenics. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti-psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.

Really?!?!? Antipsychotics are more prescribed than heart disease fighting medication! Say it ain't so, Joe!

Not just for psychotics anymore

By now, just about everyone knows how the drug industry works to influence the minds of American doctors, plying them with gifts, junkets, ego-tripping awards, and research funding in exchange for endorsing or prescribing the latest and most lucrative drugs. "Psychiatrists are particularly targeted by Big Pharma because psychiatric diagnoses are very subjective," says Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, whose PharmedOut project tracks the industry's influence on American medicine, and who last month hosted a conference on the subject at Georgetown. A shrink can't give you a blood test or an MRI to figure out precisely what's wrong with you. So it's often a case of diagnosis by prescription. (If you feel better after you take an anti-depressant, it's assumed that you were depressed.) As the researchers in one study of the drug industry's influence put it, "the lack of biological tests for mental disorders renders psychiatry especially vulnerable to industry influence." For this reason, they argue, it's particularly important that the guidelines for diagnosing and treating mental illness be compiled "on the basis of an objective review of the scientific evidence" - and not on whether the doctors writing them got a big grant from Merck or own stock in AstraZeneca.

Big pharma scores a mental ailment? it's all covered by prescribing an antipsychotic!

How many of you know of anyone suffering from a non-psychotic mental illness that is prescribed an antipsychotic? They're not calling them that anymore at the shrink's office, they like to refer to them as "mood stabilizers." More like mood replacers...zombie mood vs. human nature's mood which is dynamic, and changes upon the internal, and external environment of an person.

I understand some people really need this, I do...lots of people self medicate with natural remedies, lots of schizophrenics do it with drugs, and especially alchohol, and some are a danger to themselves, sometimes others, but someone has a loved one die, they're naturally going to be depressed, and maybe seek professional help, that's when they prescribe you a drug mainly used to treat psychotic disorders, hence the term for these drugs "atypical antipsychotics."

The New York Review of Books, Angell deconstructs what she calls an apparent "raging epidemic of mental illness" among Americans. The use of psychoactive drugs—including both antidepressants and antipsychotics—has exploded, and if the new drugs are so effective, Angell points out, we should "expect the prevalence of mental illness to be declining, not rising." Instead, "the tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007 - from one in 184 Americans to one in seventy-six. For children, the rise is even more startling - a thirty-five-fold increase in the same two decades. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children." Under the tutelage of Big Pharma, we are "simply expanding the criteria for mental illness so that nearly everyone has one." Fugh-Berman agrees: In the age of aggressive drug marketing, she says, "Psychiatric diagnoses have expanded to include many perfectly normal people."

here's that New York book review, also stating some interesting statistics:
edit on 27-7-2011 by N34Li3Z because: had to put the quotes in properly with a

posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 02:16 PM
I've always had my doubts about the nefarious uses a television can produce ever since the Japanese incident where around 700 Japanese children back in 1997 were sent to the hospital after experiencing seizure while watching a kids cartoon called "Pokemon." I immediately thought it was an experiment conducted on the public by Japanese scientists using a cartoon as the means to hide it.

Here's the article from CNN

TOKYO (CNN) -- A Japanese television network called in doctors, psychologists and animation experts to find out why a popular cartoon triggered seizures in hundreds of children nationwide. More than 700 people, mainly school children, were rushed to hospitals Tuesday after suffering convulsions, vomiting, irritated eyes and other symptoms after watching "Pokemon," a popular cartoon based on Nintendo's "Pocket Monsters" video game. Two-hundred people, from age 3 to a 58-year-old man, were still in the hospital Wednesday with epilepsy-type symptoms more than 24 hours after the showing, the Home Affairs Ministry said.

if the televison was able to induce convulsions in people with no prior history of epilepsy, could there be in the realm of logical rationality, be a television induced schizophrenia?

The show is Japan's most highly-rated program in its 6:30 p.m. time slot. Tuesday's episode, "Computer Warrior Porigon," featured characters fighting each other inside a computer. Most of the children developed the symptoms about 20 minutes into the program after a scene depicting an exploding "vaccine bomb" set off to destroy a computer virus. It was followed by five seconds of flashing red light in the eyes of "Pikachu," a rat-like creature that is the show's most popular character.

A vaccine bomb set off to destroy a computer virus... didn't know Pokemon was that interesting, lol.

TOKYO (CNN) -- The bright flashing lights of a popular TV cartoon became a serious matter Tuesday evening, when they triggered seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.

now, a disturbing thought, along the lines of horror sci-fi would be:

Yourtown, USA (ATS) The bright flashing lights of a popular sheeple program becam a serious matter this weekend, when they triggered psychotic episodes in millions of Americans sitting home watching television.

Yeah, I know that's crazy sounding, but the more technology they talk about, the more crazy things seem to get, I do love science, and the more bizarre, the more fascinating, but it's starting to get almost insane with what scientists are able to do today, yet we still can't cure cancer, or have yet to determine the physiological explanation for for mammalian yawning.

here's what wikipedia says about the Pokemon incident:

Dennō Senshi Porygon" aired in Japan on December 16, 1997 at 6:30 PM Japan Standard Time.[1] The episode, which was broadcast over thirty-seven TV stations that Tuesday night, held the highest ratings for its time slot,[1] and was watched by approximately 26.9 million households.[2][3] Twenty minutes into the episode, there is a scene in which Pikachu stops vaccine missiles with its Thunderbolt attack, resulting in a huge explosion that flashes red and blue lights.[4] Although there were similar parts in the episode with red and blue flashes, an anime technique called "paka paka" made this scene extremely intense,[5] for these flashes were extremely bright strobe lights, with blinks at a rate of about 12 Hz for approximately four seconds in almost fullscreen, and then for two seconds outright fullscreen.[6] At this point, viewers started to complain of blurred vision, headaches, dizziness and nausea.[4][7] Some experienced seizures, blindness, convulsions and loss of consciousness.[4] Japan's Fire Defense Agency reported that a total of 685 viewers, 310 boys and 375 girls, were taken to hospitals by ambulances.[4][8] Although many victims recovered during the ambulance trip, more than 150 of them were admitted to hospitals.[4][8] Two people remained hospitalized for over two weeks.[8] Some other people had seizures when parts of the scene were rebroadcast during news reports on the seizures.[7] Only a small fraction of the 685 children treated were diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy.[9] Later studies showed that 5-10% of the viewers had mild symptoms that did not need hospital treatment.[6] 12,000 children who did not get sent to hospital by ambulance reported mild symptoms of illness; however, their symptoms more closely resembled mass hysteria than a grand mal seizure.[4][10] A study following 103 patients over three years after the event found that most of them had no further seizures.[11] Scientists believe that the flashing lights triggered photosensitive seizures in which visual stimuli such as flashing lights can cause altered consciousness. Although approximately 1 in 4,000 people is susceptible to these types of seizures, the number of people affected by this Pokémon episode was unprecedented.[8]

You know, it's a lot easier to make someone crazy, than it is to make them have an epileptic seizure.

Flashing images, especially those with red, should not flicker faster than three times per second. If the image does not have red, it still should not flicker faster than five times per second. Flashing images should not be displayed for a total duration of more than two seconds. Stripes, whirls and concentric circles should not take up a large part of the television screen.

*pulses of light to induce schizophrenia in mice* REMEMBER THAT

WARNING: below is a clip that albeit short is NOT RECOMMENDED viewing if you have epilepsy, or a history of it in your family, taken from the banned episode of Pokemon that sent kids to the hospital.

wow, I just watched that for the first time. My head feels funny. I'm not having a seizure, or going crazy, but it's like it was a very loud image, yes loud, not bright, sort of a synesthetic effect I guess, but not going to say it's NOT a result of me just being susceptible after researching this to my own notions.

posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 02:17 PM
Interesting thread that brings up a lot of questions. How long till this gets used on human subjects? Makes one wonder if one large false flag event is due on 2012 with holograms and hypnotic/mass hystera inducing technology.

posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 03:00 PM
reply to post by Chewingonmushrooms

the Centers for Disease control, were doing a Zombie Apocalypse preparedness stunt to get people to be

aware of something, hold on, i'll get it real quick.
lol, okay back.

Yeah, it was on my twitter feed. Here the CDC wants you to be prepared for a "Zombie-Outbreak"

The following was originally posted on CDC Public Health Matters Blog on May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan. Image of zombie There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

Really...zombies. The CDC is trying to appeal to Zombie Movie Lovers? hmmm... read on:

In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Scholzman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival Guide identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASA Venus probe (as in Night of the Living Dead), as well as mutations of existing conditions such as prions, mad-cow disease, measles and rabies. The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”

They forgot to mention zombies created by induced psychosis from a signal broadcast....

Better Safe than Sorry Photo: Some of the supplies for your emergency kit. Some of the supplies for your emergency kit. So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention is indulging Zombie pop culture...hmm

Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency. Photo: Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away. Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away. Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away. Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok. Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.

get ready for zombies? heh...mmkay. =D

If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).

"determine the source of the infection/virus/toxin"

Could the source, be "The Signal?" Science says it's a possibility...

posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 04:04 PM
reply to post by N34Li3Z


Also of interest:

(U) China: Medical Research on Bio-Effects of Electromagnetic Pulse and High-Power Microwave Radiation

...medical research on the bio-effects of intense high-power microwave (HPM) and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) radiation.

Dose related effects on eyes, brain, heart, bone marrow, reproductive, and other vital organs were reported.

(U) Species Specificity and Mortality Study

…The high mortality rates of animals (especially for primates) exposed to EMP radiation in the recent Chinese experiments are in graphic contrast to the lack of reported bio-effects associated with EMP exposures during the period of atmospheric nuclear testing (1950s/1960s) by the United States and other nations. This is probably a consequence of the extremely high field strengths used in the Chinese experiments. [sic. More likely related to the lack of reporting.]

… [no longer working - go to Electromagnetic fields (EMF): World Health Organization & US Air Force Asia Pacific EMF Conference ]

The World Health Organization (WHO) has an ongoing project looking into EMF proliferation and its effects.

Electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic fields of all frequencies represent one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences, about which anxiety and speculation are spreading. All populations are now exposed to varying degrees of EMF, and the levels will continue to increase as technology advances.

As part of its Charter to protect public health and in response to public concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the International EMF Project in 1996 to assess the scientific evidence of possible health effects of EMF in the frequency range from 0 to 300 GHz.

posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 06:12 PM
reply to post by soficrow

I've been reading more tweets on cell phones, and cancer, and not to let adolescents or children (growing brains) around them for any period of time

This movie (loved it) came out in 2005 "Thank you for smoking"

Watch the end of the movie here, skip to 9:30min

When I saw that, I thought to myself, is this just part of the movie, or is it a warning? Since watching that movie, and wondering, I haven't let the kids use the cell phone, and try not to keep it near anywhere on my body for too often.

back to my premise in other threads, that Hollywood warns us, even if unintentionally, sometimes there are things that need to be known; "artist uses lies to tell the truth," and sometimes the story is a warning, cloaked in metaphor. Thanks for the link, I just saw a tweet today from about cell phones, and children.

posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 09:49 AM
what's more interesting than confirmed research and technology that proves the ability to induce schizophrenia in a mammal by light flashes? A dead thread in a highly paranoid, and conspiracy minded forum site like ATS.

A. either this is buried in the forums.

B. this isn't interesting (unlikely)

C. other (lol)

posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 12:18 PM
reply to post by N34Li3Z

Explanation: S&F!

Here is an oldskool scifi version of this!

Videodrome (film) [wiki]

Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and singer Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 80s, it follows the CEO of a small cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal's source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations. The film has been described as "techno-surrealist".

Personal Disclosure: I hope this info leads some of the younger ATS memebrs to watch a very entertaining and enlightening oldskool movie! Go Grab POPCORN OK!

P.S. Sometimes I feel like Max in the movie with my head literally stuck in ATS! :shk:

posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 08:27 PM
reply to post by OmegaLogos

watched that two days ago, forgot I had watched it long ago (10 years or so). Gonna watch scanners tonight.

Odd thing I came across on BBC news pages, a video had a warning, but didn't say "warning;" it said "contains flash photography" (assuming of course it was for epileptics). That's a new one for me. Reports of videos with flash photography causing seizures? Hmmmm

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