Scientists Extract Images Directly From Brain

Brain reading

Pink Tentacle reports that researchers at Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed a system that can “reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor.”

According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep.

The scientists were able to reconstruct various images viewed by a person by analyzing changes in their cerebral blood flow. Using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the researchers first mapped the blood flow changes that occurred in the cerebral visual cortex as subjects viewed various images held in front of their eyes. Subjects were shown 400 random 10 x 10 pixel black-and-white images for a period of 12 seconds each. While the fMRI machine monitored the changes in brain activity, a computer crunched the data and learned to associate the various changes in brain activity with the different image designs.

Then, when the test subjects were shown a completely new set of images, such as the letters N-E-U-R-O-N, the system was able to reconstruct and display what the test subjects were viewing based solely on their brain activity.

The researchers suggest a future version of this technology could be applied in the fields of art and design — particularly if it becomes possible to quickly and accurately access images existing inside an artist’s head. The technology might also lead to new treatments for conditions such as psychiatric disorders involving hallucinations, by providing doctors a direct window into the mind of the patient.

ATR chief researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani says, “This technology can also be applied to senses other than vision. In the future, it may also become possible to read feelings and complicated emotional states.”

Child Brain reading

May be in future you could use this technology to understand why your kid is crying? ;-)

The research results appear in the December 11 issue of US science journal Neuron.

16 comments on this post.
  1. daniel Sihombing:

    oh my Jesus…
    this is the craziest tech in the world …
    amazing ….

    one day I wanna see wife’s dream …hehehe..

    good job for all scientists…

  2. Hari Prasad:

    Really amazing…

  3. Muawwiz Khan:

    Awesome!!

  4. Andrei:

    Hmmm. That is fantastic. My wife never says what she wants. With the technology I can come to know, make her wishes comes true. I love my flower. Ich liebe dich.

  5. sahil:

    this is really fantastic.
    i want to know more about this…

  6. sravanthi:

    sir please forward me the complete details.i want to do paper presentation on it..

  7. MAX:

    THUMBS UP! NOW I WILL KNW IF MY GIRL IS THINKING OF ME

  8. Raja Sekhar:

    sir please forward me the complete details.i want to do paper presentation on it

  9. Anupam Dixit:

    Wowww!.. Amazing & awesome as well what i dreamed before, you just made that come true. I would like to know about this technology.
    so please if you can send me any more about this. i’l be highly Obliged for that.

    Thank you.

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  11. himanshu sharma:

    i have more ideas but not much degrees………..:-))

  12. Timothy Wax:

    My dream come true. All ways wanted to type with my thought. imagine the amount of source code i could crunch in a night. Plus show clients my ideas on the spot. God bless Japan

  13. dhivush:

    Really amazing. Wish it comes into reality soon. I would like to get more details about it.

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