Discussion » Technology » Brain Imaging Can Reveal the Movies in Our Mind

  • Mengmeng
    Mengmeng wrote:
    <p>Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models, UC Berkeley researchers have succeeded in decoding and reconstructing people's dynamic visual experiences -- in this case, watching Hollywood movie trailers.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>It may also lay the groundwork for brain-machine interface so that people with cerebral palsy or paralysis, for example, can guide computers with their minds.</p> <p>However, researchers point out that the technology is decades from allowing users to read others' thoughts and intentions, as portrayed in such sci-fi classics as "Brainstorm," in which scientists recorded a person's sensations so that others could experience them.</p> <p><img src="http://images.sciencedaily.com/2011/09/110922121407-large.jpg" alt="pic" width="584" height="348" /></p> <div id="photo"> <div id="caption"><em>Pic: Researchers have succeeded in decoding and reconstructing people's dynamic visual experiences -- in this case, watching Hollywood movie trailers. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of California - Berkeley)</em></div> </div>
  • Joligne
    Joligne wrote:

    nice to know this, will do a bit reserach on my own and get back t u later. thanks for the info.

  • Mengmeng
    Mengmeng wrote:

    FYI: the whole story can be found here for those who are interested.

    I used to create some action movies in my daydreaming, I wondered if this new tech can retrieve pictures years ago. lol.

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    Hahahahaha ... somehow this sounds a bit like Minority Report ... Pear, another one of Tom Cruise, in case you dont know, heehee ... and I just loved the fancy tech stuff in that movie, which might have led to Kinect ...

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