Sunday, August 07, 2005

[geek] 30-second science blogging - it isn't telepathy, but...

...the above-linked BBC article is about 2 recently-published scientific articles that each demonstrate the feasability of reading someone's thoughts:
The US study, published in Science, [...] used electrodes placed inside the skull to monitor the responses of brain cells in the auditory cortex of two surgical patients as they watched a clip of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". They used this data to accurately predict the fMRI [*] signals from the brains of another 11 healthy patients who watched the clip while lying in a scanner. Professor Itzhak Fried, the neurosurgeon who led the research, said: "We were able to tell one part of a scene from another, and we could tell one type of sound from another."
Yoiks! File this under 'How cool is that?' and cross-file under 'Proof of the continued need for tinfoil hats'. * fMRI: functional MRI, an MRI capable of combining structural scans while tracking electrical activity in the brain


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