Scientists are closer to reading minds, are able to reconstruct faces from memory

What are you, a mind reader? It’s a cliche phrase dating back centuries, where mind reading was thought of a magic. Today, the possibility of mind reading isn’t that far fetched. As a matter of fact, it’s possible right now, as scientists work to put the puzzle together in our minds.

At Yale University, researchers in the university undergraduate program have been able to accurately reconstruct images of human faces as viewed by other people. Using fMRI scans of the brain, scientists take brain scans from individuals and are able to tell from the scans that the person had viewed an animal or building.

To further develop the research of fMRI brain scanning, researchers showed six subjects 300 different “training” faces while undergoing scans. They used the data to create a sort of statistical library of how those brains responded to individual faces. They then showed the six subjects new sets of faces while they were undergoing scans. Taking that fMRI data alone, researchers used their statistical library to reconstruct the faces their subjects were viewing.