Research report 2007 - Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Scientific thought-reading based on brain imaging signals
Aufmerksamkeit und Bewusstsein (Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes)
MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften, Leipzig
SummaryIs it possible to tell from a person’s brain activity, what this person is currently thinking, feeling or even what he or she is planning to do? Recent research has shown that it is possible to decode and predict a person’s thoughts from functional magnetic resonance imaging signals. Such “thought reading” based on brain activity can be useful in revealing how the brain encodes information. This line of research also has a number of clinical applications such as for the control of computers and artificial prostheses based on brain activity or for the detection of cognitive activity in fully paralysed patients.