Digital Drugs Spreading Online
COLUMBIA - Local schools said Wednesday so far they are not seeing a popular new "digital drug" in schools. Students in other states are using an audio tone on their MP3 to get the same feeling that physical drugs can cause. The digital drug is called "i-dosing," but the concept of the tone is nothing new.
It was actually invented in the late 1800's and since had been used for other reasons like helping to relieve stress or sleep deprivation.
Kids can download the tones for free from YouTube or other sources.
The tones called "binaural beats" work by stimulating the brain in the same way chemical drugs do.
"In binaural auditory information, there is a slight difference between what comes in to your left ear and what comes into your right ear," says Dennis Miller, psychology professor.
If you are skeptical about this "drug" actually working cognitive neurologist Dr. Joel Shenker says that it is all about the stimulation.
"Once a part of the nervous system gets activated, what activates it doesn't matter. Once it is activated, the action or perceptions proceed," says Shenker.
Both Columbia and Jefferson City Public Schools said there have been no reports of students using this "drug."