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27 May 2011

Scientists close to reading minds

Neuroscientists at the University of Glasgow say they have found a way to identify the type of information contained within certain brainwaves related to vision.

The ability to read minds has long been considered a parlour trick or the stuff of science fiction, but new research suggests it could one day become reality.

The scientists were able to use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure patterns of electrical activity - frequency, amplitude and phase - in the brain while it was engaged in different activities. Specifically, they used EEG to decode brainwaves and identify the parts of the brain that were active when looking at different features on people's faces.

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