Japanese Researchers Read Thoughts before They're Put into Words

The implications of this new research could eventually extend to giving the mute the ability to speak.

A team of Japanese scientists has taken a big step forward in the field of mind reading. 


As reported by RT, researchers led by professor Toshimasa Yamazaki of the Kyushu Institute of Technology have developed a system in which they can read brain activity and predict words before they're spoken:

"[Researchers] asked several groups of participants of all genders and ages to recite particular words in Japanese — 'goo,' 'scissors' and 'par.' The common thing between them is the very similar waveforms they produced, both when spoken and left unsaid ... Yamazaki’s researchers then used an EEG to measure changes in the electrical activity in the Broca’s area of the brain’s frontal lobe, which is responsible for language. Participants recited the three words as the team made measurements, including those produced right up until the moment of the word’s utterance, and immediately afterwards."

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