Electronically induced memories and skills — practical mind control is on its way, ready or not

According to Kazuhisa Shibata, Takeo Watanabe, Yuka Sasaki, and Mitsuo Kawato

Although previous fMRI online-feedback training is a promising technique for influencing human behaviors, as in lesion or TMS studies, it could at best reveal influences of the entire extent of an area/region on learning/memory, which is a certain limitation for neuroscientific research. In contrast, the present decoded fMRI neurofeedback method induces highly selective activity patterns within a brain region, thus allowing the investigator to influence specific functions. It can “incept” a person to acquire new learning, skills, or memory, or possibly to restore skills or knowledge that has been damaged through accident, disease, or aging, without a person’s awareness of what is learned or memorized.


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