Brain Scan Can Read Your Thoughts
New insights into brain activity could explain how memories are formed and how they change over time.Thu Mar 11, 2010 02:30 PM ET | content provided by AFP
- Brain scans could reveal what a person is thinking.
- Using fMRI scans, scientists can distinguish memories of a past event a person is recalling.
- The brain scans could provide fresh insight into how memories are stored and how they may change through time.
A scan of brain activity can effectively read a person's mind, researchers said Thursday.
British scientists from University College London found they could differentiate brain activity linked to different memories and thereby identifythought patterns by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The evidence suggests researchers can tell which memory of a past event a person is recalling from the pattern of their brain activity alone.