Nature Magazine | 12 Jan. 2011
…[I put on] an odd type of swimming cap, criss-crossed with cables and studded with red and blue knobs. At the flick of a switch, the 17 red knobs send infrared light 2 to 3 centimetres into my brain, where it is absorbed or scattered by neurons. Photoreceptors in the 16 blue knobs retrieve whatever light bounces back to the surface. Buried in the signals, say the researchers operating the system, are clues that can distinguish depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a normal state of mind.
….the technique, called near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and developed by Masato Fukuda, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Gunma University Hospital in Maebashi, and the Hitachi Medical Corporation in Tokyo…more…
Why do I call them, “HAPPY HATS™”?
I think the girl above wearing the S.Q.U.I.D. cap in the above photo is a member of Aum Shinrikyo, the poison-gas, death cult who gained international notoriety in 1995, when it carried out the Sarin poison gas attack in the Tokyo subways.
Aum used to promote their “Perfect Salvation Initiation” headgear, aka HAPPY HAT™, as a method of attaining enlightenment. The fruitcake guru of Aum, Asahara Shoko, is shown in the picture on the right wearing the Happy Hat™.
Many times outside Eibsu Station in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo, I watched the Aum cultists wear crazy caps and sing a chant that went:
Every child has a HEADGEAR, a HEADGEAR, a HEADGEAR