Thursday, June 20, 2013

Find: For the first time, scientists can identify your emotions based on brain activity

Interesting work! Fmri is a lab only thing of course, and emotion are often multifaceted, but this may make a good baseline. 

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For the first time, scientists can identify your emotions based on brain activity

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The field of neuroscience has been animated recently by the use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or fMRI. When a person lies in an fMRI machine, scientists can see their brain activity in real time. It's a species of mind reading that promises to unlock the still mysterious workings of our grey matter.

In April, a team in Japan announced that they could identify when a subject was dreaming about different types of objects like a house, a clock, or a husband. Last November, another group of researchers using this technique was able to predict if gadget columnist David Pogue was thinking about a skyscraper or a strawberry.

What earlier studies couldn't determine, however, was how the subjects were actually feeling. A new...

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