MessageToEagle.com

It Is Possible To Know Who You're Thinking About - Scientists Say

5 March, 2013



MessageToEagle.com - Yes, your brain does reveal who you are thinking about and your thoughts are no longer your own.

Don't worry. Scientists can only determine who you are thinking about by using fMRI.

Our mental models of people produce unique patterns of brain activation, which can be detected using advanced imaging techniques according to a study by Cornell University neuroscientist Nathan Spreng and his colleagues.

"When we looked at our data, we were shocked that we could successfully decode who our participants were thinking about based on their brain activity," said Spreng, assistant professor of human development in Cornell's College of Human Ecology.

Understanding and predicting the behavior of others is a key to successfully navigating the social world, yet little is known about how the brain actually models the enduring personality traits that may drive others' behavior, the authors say. Such ability allows us to anticipate how someone will act in a situation that may not have happened before.

To learn more, the researchers asked 19 young adults to learn about the personalities of four people who differed on key personality traits.

Participants were given different scenarios (i.e. sitting on a bus when an elderly person gets on and there are no seats) and asked to imagine how a specified person would respond.

During the task, their brains were scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow.

They found that different patterns of brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) were associated with each of the four different personalities.

In other words, which person was being imagined could be accurately identified based solely on the brain activation pattern.

The results suggest that the brain codes the personality traits of others in distinct brain regions and this information is integrated in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) to produce an overall personality model used to plan social interactions, the authors say.

"Prior research has implicated the anterior mPFC in social cognition disorders such as autism and our results suggest people with such disorders may have an inability to build accurate personality models," said Spreng.

"If further research bears this out, we may ultimately be able to identify specific brain activation biomarkers not only for diagnosing such diseases, but for monitoring the effects of interventions."

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Quantum Mechanics & Telepathy - Is Everything Connected?

Amazing Memory - People Who Remember Every Day Of Their Life

Follow MessageToEagle.com for the latest news on Facebook and Twitter !

Don't Miss Our Stories! Get Our Daily Email Newsletter

Enter your email address:


Once you have confirmed your email address, you will be subscribed to the newsletter.

Recommend this article:

Alien Message Can Be Hidden In Your DNA Do We All Carry A Cosmic Greeting Card?


Our Brain Is A Holographic Machine Existing In A Holographic Universe

Stanford brain researcher and the quantum physicist, Dr. Karl Pribram, was long puzzled by a perplexing question...


Is A New Race Of Super Earthlings Being Born Or Is This The End Of The Human Race? - Scientists Ask

Subscribe To Our Space, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth and Xenology News!

Grab the latest RSS feeds right to your reader, desktop or mobile phone.

Subscribe to RSS headline updates from:
Powered by FeedBurner

Go to - MAIN PAGE

Copyright MessageToEagle.com All rights reserved.
Go to - MAIN PAGE


Advertise With Us!

Submissions

 Subscribe in a reader

Join Us On Facebook!

Other Popular Articles

Mind & Brain:

How Could People Use Superpowers?

Why Do People Think and Behave Differently?

Special Gene Decides If You Can Inherit Leadership Abilities

Decision-Making In Your Life Depends On Neurons In Your Brain!

Never Forget A Face(book) - Memory For Online Posts Beats Faces And Books

Memory And Sleep In Strong Connection

Why People Trust Brown Eyes More Than Blue Eyes

Inside The Mind Of Lucid Dreamers: People Who Can Control Their Dreams And Perform Actions

W3Counter