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...

Posted September 23, 2011 at 9:59am ETC by Andy Towle
in Medicine, News