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Scientists Begin Visually Reconstructing What Our Brain Sees: VIDEO

Scientists at UC Berkeley have figured out a way to interpret our brain activity in a way that allows them to begin to visualize what we see when we watch something (in this case, movie trailers) using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models:

As yet, the technology can only reconstruct movie clips people have already viewed. However, the breakthrough paves the way for reproducing the movies inside our heads that no one else sees, such as dreams and memories, according to researchers.

“This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,” said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley neuroscientist and coauthor of the study published online today (Sept. 22) in the journal Current Biology. “We are opening a window into the movies in our minds.”

Eventually, practical applications of the technology could include a better understanding of what goes on in the minds of people who cannot communicate verbally, such as stroke victims, coma patients and people with neurodegenerative diseases.

Check out their video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. ummmmmm. whaaat?

    Posted by: kevin | Sep 23, 2011 10:36:36 AM

  2. You can create art with your brain today but this is the next step. Very cool.

    Check out

    Posted by: Jon Cameron | Sep 23, 2011 10:38:39 AM

  3. this is creepy. especially when the brain imagery has culturally identifiable objects in it (t shirts, etc) that aren't in the original image.

    Posted by: sarah | Sep 23, 2011 10:44:10 AM

  4. Sarah, that is because the brain imagery is created from a whole bunch of random youtube video selected and combined by software to resemble the brain signals made while watching the movie trailers. It is not a direct transfer, but instead a reconstruction using preexisting footage as a sort of medium to show the signals. This video is a bit more revealing into how the footage was created:

    Posted by: blegh | Sep 23, 2011 10:49:55 AM

  5. Why have they begin this potentially earthshattering project by trying to emulate what the brain sees while watching the Steve Martin remake of The Pink Panther?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 23, 2011 11:56:16 AM

  6. My mind would probably blur-out Steve Martin's face too.

    Posted by: Lewis | Sep 23, 2011 12:14:21 PM

  7. Law enforcement and the court systems always wanted to "get into the minds of criminals" maybe now they can.

    Posted by: gb | Sep 23, 2011 1:36:00 PM

  8. the headline should read: " scientists begin to reconstruct what computers and mri scanners think our brain sees"

    Posted by: HKfCA | Sep 23, 2011 4:05:19 PM

  9. When I heard this reported on NPR and that the application would be for "stroke victims" my immediate response was, "Oh--this won't be funded for stroke victims--it's going to be part of waterboarding for the 21st century."

    Posted by: Ty Nolan | Sep 23, 2011 4:49:01 PM

  10. Let storms rage against me! Let me pay the price! Let me hit rock bottom

    Posted by: nike lunarglide 3 | Sep 24, 2011 5:59:52 AM

  11. I can see where this technology could have therapeutic applications, but I can see where it would have more nefarious applications as well, such as mind control, etc.. The research should be monitored.

    Posted by: romeo | Sep 24, 2011 1:10:46 PM

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