Intermission: Watch How Your Brain Makes Movies
A new study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley used neuroimaging technology to decode and reconstruct people's visual experiences through a fun form of stimuli: movies.
Researchers recorded brain activity while a subject watched several hours of movie trailers. In the video above, the screen on the left shows movie trailers that study participants watched, while the one on the right shows the brain's reconstruction of the same trailer. In other words, it's a mini-movie of people's brain activity while watching a movie.
The researchers hope to figure out how to the brain processes information so they can develop technology that will allow people with neurodegenerative diseases or brain injuries to communicate. In the meantime, it's a valuable testament to the power of the average noggin.