They Know What You See

December 18, 2008

Japan (ChattahBox) – The images in your mind may not be as private as we once thought. Japanese scientists have been experimenting with a new technology that uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to reconstruct mental images shown to subjects.

And so far it has worked.

By analyzing brain scans, they were able to reconstruct the image of the word ‘neuron’ as it had been presented to the subject, a success that scientists hope will allow people with difficulty speaking, or who have severe mental disorders that effect their thought patterns, directly communicate with their doctors.

According to Yukiyasu Kamitani, the head researcher on the project, the possibilities could be endless, and “…if we can get information directly from the brain, it will be possible to communicate directly by imagining what we want to say, without having to move.”

Tests are continuing, however the researchers hope to make discernible progress in the near future as more details are gained from the experiments.


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