May 4, 2008

Seeing the brain

Brain scanners "want not only to decode people's perceptions, but also high-level mental states: people's intentions, their plans," according to Brain Scanner Can Tell What You're Looking At in Wired. This sort of stuff could be useful in biofeedback or to improve Mind Mapping software, though according to armchair wags there are far more pressing basic human needs in energy, environmental remediation, and food.

Below is a report on MRIs; there's more video on a variety of topics at Science Friday.

Also in the "I see London, I see France" category is research into geomagnetic vision of birds (with a heads up display) and shrimp (humans have 3 cones, RGB, while mantis shrimps have 16 with 3 pigments in the ultra violet spectrum alone), as well as Fish Sounds and Mutualism.

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