Redefining Mental Image

Would you call me crazy if I told you science could reproduce an image of a face you saw using only brain waves? Alan S. Cowen, a Yale undergraduate student pondered that very question with gob smacking results.

Six subjects were shown images of 300 “training faces” while having an MRI, creating a data base of brain wave responses to different faces. New faces were shown, fed into the data base – crude, yet remarkably accurate images appeared. Cowen anticipates this is only the beginning.

Graphic via Alan Cowen and Yale University.

Graphic via Alan Cowen and Yale University.

The implications make my head spin. As Marvin Chun – professor of psychology, cognitive science,¬† neurobiology and catalyst for his student Alan Cowen writes in¬†Neuroimage – “It is a form of mind reading”