MRI can see your thoughts…

Some interesting (and slightly scary) uses of MRI technology to find out what you are thinking. This new research poses some interesting ethical questions. Science fiction? We might not be as far off as you think….

The breakthrough by American scientists took MRI scanning equipment normally used in hospital diagnosis to observe patterns of brain activity when a subject examined a range of black and white photographs. Then a computer was able to correctly predict in nine out of 10 cases which image people were focused on. Guesswork would have been accurate only eight times in every 1,000 attempts.

The study raises the possibility in the future of the technology being harnessed to visualise scenes from a person’s dreams or memory.

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