Reconstructing Movie Clips by Brain Imaging

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    Scientists are taking one step closer to reading your mind using brain
    imaging techniques:

    Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s
    own dream on YouTube. With a cutting-edge blend of brain imaging and
    computer simulation, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,
    are bringing these futuristic scenarios within reach.

    Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational
    models, UC Berkeley researchers have succeeded in decoding and reconstructing
    people’s dynamic visual experiences – in this case, watching
    Hollywood movie trailers.

    As yet, the technology can only reconstruct movie clips people
    have already viewed. However, the breakthrough paves the way for reproducing
    the movies inside our heads that no one else sees, such as dreams and
    memories, according to researchers.

    “This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,”
    said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley neuroscientist and coauthor
    of the study published online today (Sept. 22) in the journal Current
    Biology. “We are opening a window into the movies in our minds.”

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