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Scientists 'read' people's minds

March 14, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Scientists have shown for the first time that it may be possible to "read" a person's mind simply by looking at brain activity.

Using a modern scanner to measure blood flow, British researchers said Thursday that they were able to tell where volunteers were within a computer-generated virtual reality environment. The discovery, reported in the journal Cell Biology, could help research into memory disorders such as Alzheimer's by shedding light on how the hippocampus region records memories.

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