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Americans are taught the computer to read minds

June 2 2008

American experts are trying to teach the computer to "read" man's thoughts by analyzing the images of his brain. Researchers hope their study, whose results were published in the journal Science, help to better understand where and how the brain stores information.

"We're trying to answer the question, which is more than one century is people's minds: how the brain organize knowledge?" - Said the head of research group Tom Mitchell of the University of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The study included nine people from the school. Changes in the activity of their brains during the experiment was monitored using magnetic resonance imaging.

Volunteers were asked by the team to think about the characteristics of a given object or phenomenon has been called all 58 words. Results of imaging on every word analyzed, and then show an "average" image of each word.

"If you look at the" brain pictures "of the two words, you will notice that they are very similar. However, if you look closely, you'll see some difference," - said T. Mitchell.

According to results of the first 58 words, scientists conducted a "calibration" of the computer. After that, he could recognize himself, about what a person thinks the word.

In the next step, scientists want to study the brain's response to various related phrases. "If I say" rabbit "or" nimble rabbit ", or" pretty rabbit "- it's all different ideas. I want to use this method as a kind of scaffolding for studying language processes in the brain", - said T. Mitchell.

Scientists hope that their work is not only slightly open the veil of secrecy over the possibilities of the human brain, but also help people suffering from speech disorders and those who are experiencing serious difficulties in learning, RBC reports.

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