Headphones Designed to Give Wearers a Rush of Dopamine

Posted February 22nd 2016


Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been invented by Florida-based tech company, Nervana, and are set to go on sale as early as next month.

The headphones will pump music into your ears as normal, but at the same time, an integrated device will deliver a low-power electrical signal through your ear canal to stimulate the Vagus nerve – a nerve that runs from the brainstem to the abdomen and plays a role in the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres.

According to Nervana, the headphones don’t just deliver these electrical signals indiscriminately – the technology analyses the audio signal coming out of your music player, and then syncs up the signals to the beats. 

Or if you select “ambient mode”, the signals will sync up with the sounds in your environment, which means you can go to a concert and sit up the back and get high to the music – legally.

via Science Alert