Brain scans help researchers read minds

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Brain scans help researchers read minds

Post by SamCogar on Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:45 am

Findings suggest that memories are recorded in a regular pattern

By scanning your brain, scientists can tell what memory you are recalling.

Scientists have made impressive gains recently when it comes to reading minds. For instance, through brain scans, researchers can tell what number a person has just seen, figure out what letters a person wants to type, and determine where people were standing within virtual reality environments.

The researchers scanned the participants' brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while the participants were asked to recall the films. The data was run through a computer algorithm to identify brain activity patterns linked with memories for each of the movies. Using these patterns, the researchers could accurately predict which film volunteers were recalling as they had their brains scanned.

Well now, they aren’t actually “reading” one’s mind ….. but are only observing the “location” in the brain that one’s mind is reading stored data from.

And of course they can “figure out” what a person “has just seen” given the fact they observed them doing it several times previously. It would be no different than if they observed a person several times ….. going to a row of filing cabinets, selecting the same cabinet each time, selecting the same drawer each time and extracting the same manila folder each time.

Part of the human brain is just a “gigantic filing cabinet” for permanent storage of information. And if you want to "recall" any of it your mind has to fetch it from where ever it stored it at. And it will do that unless you are afflicted with CRS.



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