Neuroscience: Mind Reading (Neural Decoding)

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Early studies Various companies have been researching this technology for years. In 2007, Microsoft wanted to evaluate the way people interact with their computers. They began research on using electroencephalograms (EEG’s) to record the electrical signals of a person user while they were using a computer. Microsoft is still currently doing research on the matter. In 2009, Toyota unveiled their idea for a ‘mind reading’ wheelchair. The chair was designed to help the handicapped or elderly get around more freely and be more active member of society. To make this happen, they want to use signals from the brain to read the desired actions of the user and have the wheelchair automatically perform those actions. This would greatly help those who are without the use of their arms or legs. More recently, independent researchers announced the prototype of a new mind reading helmet for pilots. The helmet would be designed to give researchers constant feedback on pilots ‘in flight’ condition and look for warning signs for such things excessive stress, and sleepiness. On February 1st, 2012, the science and technology website,, released an article originally printed in PLoS Biology, involving further breakthrough in mind reading research. A team of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley had the idea of using mind reading technology in the fields of medicine and psychology. Through their trials, the neuroscientists at Berkeley have succeeded in decoding and reconstructing subjects dynamic visual experiences. In the early research, they were able to use a complex formula to capture, and piece together different sections of a person’s memory. One scientist likened it to viewing trailers to a bunch of diff... ... middle of paper ... ...n who should be scanned, and when. It could create some legal dramas as well. Can having your mind read be used against you in court? Will fMRI machines be trustworthy if used as a lie detector? Wolpe predicts that the Supreme Court will have the final say in these and other matters. Works Cited Grosh, Loren. “Modern Day Telepathy?. Scientists develop method for reconstructing thoughts.” Fox News. February 1, 2012. Adhikari, Richard. “Mind-Reading Tech. May Give Speechless a New Voice.” Tech News World. February 1, 2012. Anwar, Yasmin. “Scientists Use Brain Imaging to Reveal the Movies in our Mind.” UC Berkeley Newscenter. September 22, 2011. King, Rhianna. “Breakthrough in Mind-Reading Technology.” WA Today. February 1, 2012.

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