MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Researchers successfully decoded electrical activity in the brain, using scans to guess what a patient was listening to.
Scientists from 4 universities eavesdropped on words that patients heard, correlating brain activity with the sound that produced it.
"This is huge for patients who have damage to their speech mechanisms because of a stroke or Lou Gehrig’s disease and can’t speak," UC Berkeley professor and study co-author Robert Knight said in prepared remarks. "If you could eventually reconstruct imagined conversations from brain activity, thousands of people could benefit."
The study, conducted by researchers at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Francisco, University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University, was published in the Jan. 31 edition of the journal PLoS Biology.
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