New Brain Scans Read People’s Thoughts

Human BrainFrom Yahoo News/AFP:

A scan of brain activity can effectively read a person’s mind, researchers said Thursday.

British scientists from University College London found they could differentiate brain activity linked to different memories and thereby identify thought patterns by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

The evidence suggests researchers can tell which memory of a past event a person is recalling from the pattern of their brain activity alone.

“We’ve been able to look at brain activity for a specific episodic memory — to look at actual memory traces,” said senior author of the study, Eleanor Maguire.

“We found that our memories are definitely represented in the hippocampus. Now that we’ve seen where they are, we have an opportunity to understand how memories are stored and how they may change through time.”

The results, reported in the March 11 online edition of Current Biology, follow an earlier discovery by the same team that they could tell where a person was standing within a virtual reality room in the same way…

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4 Comments on "New Brain Scans Read People’s Thoughts"

  1. Well, this technology won't be adapted to the most monstrous uses imaginable.
    Nothing to see here. Keep the line moving.

  2. tonyviner | Mar 12, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    As long as they use this technology to finally develop a dream VCR I will be happy. This is very scary and enthralling, just like modern technology should be.

  3. justagirl | Apr 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm |

    Doc. Emmett Brown made that years ago.

  4. justagirl | Apr 13, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    Doc. Emmett Brown made that years ago.

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