The Brain Scan That Tells You Exactly What's on Your Mind

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Scientists
have developed a mind-reading technique that lets them peer into
someone’s head – and predict what they are thinking.

In tests using
brain scanners, researchers were able to guess correctly which one
of two images a volunteer was thinking about 80 per cent of the
time.

It is the latest
in a series of studies designed to show how scans can reveal our
innermost thoughts.

The experiment
used a fMRI – or functional magnetic resonance imaging –
scanner, normally found in hospitals.

Dr Stephanie
Harrison, who led the study at Vanderbilt University, Nashville,
in the U.S., showed six volunteers different patterns on a computer
screen while their brains were being monitored.

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March
20, 2009

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