Friday, January 04, 2008

Tracking What You're Thinking About

A team of Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists and cognitive neuroscientists, combining methods of machine learning and brain imaging, have found a way to identify where people's thoughts and perceptions of familiar objects originate in the brain by identifying the patterns of brain activity associated with the objects.

Why is the corrections sentencing? Because one argument against the use of MRI findings to identify offenders who either have or don’t have abnormal brain areas that cause them to behave in ways we define as criminal and developing brain profiles of who can and can’t be held responsible will likely be that there’s no proof everyone’s brain processes things the same way. Well, maybe there is now.

[Bad news for ESP fans. MRIs have pretty much put the final poof to the concept.]

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