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Friday, October 26, 2018

What can fMRI Do?

Useful for an understanding of the challenges of reading minds:

A neuroscientist explains the limits and possibilities of using technology to read our thoughts
Brain activity doesn’t tell us what someone is experiencing
By Angela Chen@chengela

” Poldrack is a neuroscientist at Stanford University and the author of The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts (out now from Princeton University Press). His research focuses on what we can learn from brain imagining techniques such as fMRI, which measures blood activity in the brain as a proxy for brain activity. And one of the clearest conclusions, he writes, is that activity in a particular brain region doesn’t actually tell us what the person is experiencing.

The Verge spoke to Poldrack about the limits and possibilities of fMRI, the fallacies that people commit in interpreting its results, and the limits of its widespread use. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.  .... " 

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