Scientists in UC Berkley are trying to capture images within the human brain. Subjects were shown movie trailers while sensors in their brain converted the (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) data collected from brain activity to voxels (3d pixels.) This was then put against 18 million seconds of random you tube video and the result is what you see on the clip above.
“This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,” said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley neuroscientist and coauthor of the study published online (Sept. 22) in the journal Current Biology. “We are opening a window into the movies in our minds.”
So essentially, given infinite computer power and an infinite video database our dreams and visual brain activity can be replicated. This will help researchers to get insight into the brain activity of people who can’t communicate verbally.
Professor Gallant belives his work has a lot of potential clinical applications and also thinks it could be a great tool for psychotherapy and dream analysis. Watch the results of the experiment below.
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