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Science in Seconds - FMRI Mind Reading

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RAVES - FMRI Mind Reading Brit Trogen: Mind reading used to be about as accurate as the news at Fox. But thanks to a new brain imaging technology called FMRI, we've come a whole lot closer to being able to actually read people's thoughts. Dionne Warwick, eat your heart out. Functional magnetic resonance imaging is a specialized MRI that can detect anger, empathy, and even altruism by showing which areas of the brain are active at any given time. Using FMRI scans, researchers at UCLA can successfully predict when test subjects are making monetary decisions, in addition to several other menial tasks, with about 80 percent accuracy, even on subjects whose brains have never previously been scanned. A technology, perhaps, only of interest to bankers. But by far the most incredible bit of mind reading comes from the University of Zurich, where researchers can accurately predict when someone is making a promise that they intend to break. This study found that certain brain areas become hyperactive, both when subjects are breaking a promise in the experiment and when they're making promises that they later broke, but not in people who kept their word. Of course, this promise breaking brain region probably wouldn't be effected by people who don't intend to break their promises, or by pathological liars, who don't feel any emotional conflict while doing so. But just imagine what this could mean if it hit the mainstream. Job interviews, parole hearings, weddings... Liars, better take advantage of the time you have. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 1 minute and 53 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 52
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

In Zurich, lies' legs are shorter than ever.

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