Are We A Step Closer To Reading Minds?

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Glasgow University has begun to ‘decode’ brainwaves. If successful, researchers believe the findings could lead to brain-computer interface. BBC News reports:

Scientists believe they are a step closer to being able to read people’s minds after decoding human brainwaves.

Glasgow University researchers asked volunteers to identify different emotions on images of human faces.

They then measured the volunteers’ resulting brainwaves using a technique called electroencephalography (EEG).

Once researchers compared the answers to the brainwaves recorded, they were able to decode the type of information the brainwaves held relating to vision.

The research was carried out by the university’s institute of neuroscience and psychology.

Six volunteers were presented with images of people’s faces, displaying different emotions such as happiness, fear and surprise.

[Continues at BBC News]

9 Comments on "Are We A Step Closer To Reading Minds?"

  1. I suppose we’d be able to entertain the ability to detect emotional and mental states, but we are still far from understanding the details…. people usually think “reading minds” involves extracting ideas and thoughts from a person.. and thats not going to happen unless we decode the way the brain really encodes language, or if there is a real underlying language code, that is currently beyond our conception. (well unless you believe in psychics, cus their hypothetical method is also beyond our conception)

  2. I suppose we’d be able to entertain the ability to detect emotional and mental states, but we are still far from understanding the details…. people usually think “reading minds” involves extracting ideas and thoughts from a person.. and thats not going to happen unless we decode the way the brain really encodes language, or if there is a real underlying language code, that is currently beyond our conception. (well unless you believe in psychics, cus their hypothetical method is also beyond our conception)

  3. Anonymous | May 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm |

     We can already ‘read minds’, it’s called empathy, and is much more deep and accurate than brain imaging.

  4. Anonymous | May 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm |

     We can already ‘read minds’, it’s called empathy, and is much more deep and accurate than brain imaging.

  5. JoiquimCouteau | May 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm |

     We can already ‘read minds’, it’s called empathy, and is much more deep and accurate than brain imaging.

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