Now Showing: Movie Clips From Your Mind

Posted on September 22, 2011


This is one of the most amazing scientific articles I have read, ever! Scientists are now getting close to being able to piece together video based on what you are thinking! Scary stuff… have a read.


  • Scientists are getting closer to being able to reconstruct videos of what you were thinking.
  • Neuroscientists reconstructed blurry videos from brain scanning machine readings of people watching movie trailers.
  • The scientists hope the modeling system will provide a better translation between thoughts and reality.
brain images

Study subjects were shown movie trailers (left), and neuroscientists were able to reconstruct them (right) using brain activity data and a library of random YouTube clips. Click to enlarge this image.
Jack Gallant

What if scientists could peer inside your brain and then reconstruct what you were thinking, playing the images back like a video?

Science and technology are not even remotely at that point yet, but a new study from the University of California Berkeley marks a significant, if blurry, step in that direction.

“Using our particular modeling framework, we can actually infer very fast dynamic events that happen in the brain,” said Jack Gallant, a neuroscience professor at the University of California Berkeley who worked on the study, which was published today in the journal Current Biology.

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