Thursday, June 06, 2013

Mind-Reading Computer Could Communicate With Coma Patients

Canadian researchers have developing a mind-reading computer that could help communicate with people in a coma.

The University of Western Ontario researchers used neuroimaging to read human thoughts via brain activity when they are conveying specific 'yes' or 'no' answers.

The team say their research could lead to dramatic new ways of attempting to communicate with patients in a vegetative state.

Their findings were published today in The Journal of Neuroscience in a study titled, The Brain's Silent Messenger: Using Selective Attention to Decode Human Thought for Brain-Based Communication.

According to lead researcher Lorina Naci, the interpretation of human thought from brain activity – without depending on speech or action – is one of the most provoking and challenging frontiers of modern neuroscience. 

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