Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reading the Brain

Have you been following cognitive Neuroscience research lately? To use an overused cliché, it’s mind-blowing! Take this study for example. At Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, researchers crafted a study using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) in combination with a linear Gaussian mathematical model. The upshot? Researchers were able to identify which letter of the alphabet was being looked at by the study participant. They could actual reconstruct from the fMRI images the specific letter the study participant was reading! Now, according to the researchers, they hope to work with more powerful scanners and identifying images of faces or even dreams. “Star Wars” and “007” may not be as fanciful as once believed. The first sentence of the article’s abstract reads:  “With the advent of sophisticated acquisition and analysis techniques, decoding the contents of someone's experience has become a reality.”

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