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A Computer That Can Read Your Mind

Computer-assisted functional magnetic resonance imaging allowed scientists to reveal the intentions of subjects before they actually acted. This new method may be able to help paralyzed patients in the future.

Every day we plan numerous actions, such as to return a book to a friend or to make an appointment. How and where the brain stores these intentions has been revealed by John-Dylan Haynes from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, in cooperation with researchers from London and Tokyo. For the first time they were able to “read” participants’ intentions out of their brain activity. This was made possible by a new combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging and sophisticated computer algorithms

Source: Science Daily

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