Mapping Where Brains Store Similar Information

Posted on January 6, 2008  Comments (2)

CMU finds human brains similarly organized

Based on how one person thinks about a hammer, a computer can identify when another person also is thinking about a hammer. It also can differentiate between items in the same category of tools, be it a hammer or screwdriver.

The study makes two important scientific advances: “[T]here is an identifiable neural pattern associated with perception and contemplation of individual objects, and that part of the pattern is shared” by people.

The study reveals that patterns of thought extend into different regions of the brain, reflecting its complexity. It proves that a simple image can invoke thoughts in various regions of the brain, including how to use the object and experiences one has had with the object.

The study also helps to explain how the brain organizes thoughts, and the commonality of that process. “I want a complete mapping of brain states and thoughts,” Dr. Just said. “We’re taking tiny baby steps, but anything we can think about is represented in the brain.”

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2 Responses to “Mapping Where Brains Store Similar Information”

  1. CuriousCat: The Brain Hides Information From Us To Prevent Mistakes
    July 12th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    Interesting. I think my brain might be hiding more from me lately…

  2. Eran
    September 17th, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    i am quite skeptical about scientific research which purports to tell us how the brain works.
    Reason, is that I used to work in a company that modelled artificial intelligence engines on how the brain (supposedly) worked. Guess what, did not work so well… Or at least no better than any other algorithm.

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