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Friday, January 30, 2009

Reading the Mind

Neuroscience and technology have been bringing us some of the most fascinating information over the course of the past few decades.

Now ... as seen in this (13-min) video by CBS' 60 Minutes, an experiment took place to see whether we can, indeed read the human mind - or, as the researchers at Carnegie Mellon call it - if we can indeed identify thoughts.



60 Minutes associate producer Meghan Frank writes: "Here I was enclosed inside a giant multimillion dollar functional MRI machine. A magnet creating a magnetic field 60,000 times stronger than the earth’s own magnetic field hummed around me as I stared up at a screen scarcely a foot from my face flashing drawings of igloos and corn on the cob. I knew I would have some unique experiences working at 60 Minutes but I never imagined I’d end up as a guinea pig in a science experiment that would be seen by millions of people. The experiment I volunteered for was research at Carnegie Mellon University to see if scientists could use fMRI scanning in conjunction with computer science to essentially read minds." read the entire article here

1 comment:

  1. Amazing stuff! Worrying too! Would the brain patterns of things seen in dreams match brain 'recognition' patterns of an experience in real time/space? It would be dreadful to be convicted of involvement in a car accident that one had merely dreamed about!

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