Brain researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have already decoded brain activity into watchable movies using a collection of YouTube clips. But now they want to go one step further and decode the activity of the entire visual system, allowing us to see with unprecedented clarity what people see inside their heads, according to the neuroscientist who headed the mind movie project, Dr. Jack Gallant.
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"The human brain consists of several hundred distinct modules, each of which has a different function," Gallant wrote to TPM Idea Lab via email.
"The visual system occupies about 1/3 of the human brain, which suggests that there are somewhere around 75 distinct visual processing modules. The work presented in the Current Biology paper is based entirely on a model that only describes processing in a few early visual areas. Thus, there are many modules for which no processing model currently exists, and these are the focus of our future research."