The simplest example of a blackout is sleep. Mohammad Koubaissi from George Washington University together with his colleagues decided to study in more detail the mechanism of turning off / on consciousness and learn how to control it using electrical stimulation of the brain.
The reason for starting the research was the observation of one of the patients suffering from epilepsy, in whose brain electrodes were implanted. With their help, signals from various parts of the brain were recorded to identify exactly those that cause seizures.
At that moment, when scientists began to stimulate areas of the brain with implanted electrodes, the patient suddenly stopped reading, fell into prostration, did not respond to sound and visual commands, after which her breathing slowed down and she lost consciousness. As soon as the electrical stimulation ended, the woman came to her senses again, although she did not remember anything about what had happened to her before. Repeating the experiment gave the same results.
Scientists hope that over time, science will find effective ways to influence some of the processes of human consciousness, naturally, in the interests of human health. The first successful experiments of American scientists are only the beginning of a large and very important work.