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Memory neuron pattern reading device?

Postby Zedsdeadbaby » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:52 pm

So, here’s the thing. I know that the same memories in different subjects have basically the same pattern, so would it be possible to identify memories based on patterns of the neurons, without having to observe what the memory is of?

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Re: Memory neuron pattern reading device?

Postby SciB » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:43 am

How do you know that a memory has the same 'pattern' in different subjects? Everyone's perceptions, experience and genetics are different so their neuronal patterns will also be different. Maybe on a very basic level like emotions or images people would have similar neuronal patterns. Different areas of the brain seem to be involved in different aspects of consciousness so which area lights under fMRI indicates something about the subject's mental state, but I don't think we have gotten to the mind-reading stage yet.

I remember reading something about this a year or so ago and here's what I found in a quick search:

https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2018/05/2 ... al-system/

I don't know how you would turn this into a high school science project, but it would surely make an interesting one!

Good luck,


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