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Dreams may no longer be secret with Japanese computer screen 日本新科技可望破解夢的秘密

University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Psychiatry Dr Gary Small holds a human brain model at his office at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in Westwood, California, US on Dec. 1, 2008.


A Japanese research team said earlier this month it had conducted experiments that could pave the way for technology that could display people’s dreams on a computer screen.

Researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories succeeded in processing and displaying images directly from the human brain, they said in a study unveiled ahead of publication in the US magazine Neuron.

While the team for now has managed to reproduce only simple images from the brain, they said the technology could eventually be used to figure out dreams and other secrets inside people’s minds.

“It was the first time in the world that it was possible to visualize what people see directly from the brain activity,” the private institute said in a statement.

“By applying this technology, it may become possible to record and replay subjective images that people perceive, like dreams.”

When people look at an object, the eye’s retina recognizes an image that is converted into electrical signals, which go into the brain’s visual cortex.

The team, led by chief researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani, succeeded in catching the signals and then reconstructing what people see.

In their experiment, the researchers showed people the six letters in the word “neuron” and then succeeded in reconstructing the letters on a computer screen by measuring their brain activity.

The team said that it first figured out people’s individual brain patterns by showing them some 400 different still images. (AFP)






Juan: I’m having some problems with my girlfriend. I need to get your advice on something.

Maria: Sure. What’s up?

Juan: Well, it’s a bit strange. She had a dream about me last night.

Maria: That’s sweet. What’s the problem?

Juan: In the dream, I was cheating on her, and now she’s blaming me.

Maria: Ha ha. Just put your cards on the table and tell her how you feel. She should forgive you.

Juan: Forgive me? I haven’t done anything!








put your cards on the table 開誠佈公

You put your cards on the table when you make your intentions known, rather than keeping a secret.

put your cards on the table」就是讓大家知道你的想法,而非悶在心裡不說。






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