Neuroscientists can read brain activity to predict decisions 11 seconds before people act

Neuroscientists can read brain activity to predict decisions 11 seconds before people actFree will, from a neuroscience perspective, can look like quite quaint. In a study published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers in Australia were able to predict basic choices participants made 11 seconds before they consciously declared their decisions. In theContinue reading “Neuroscientists can read brain activity to predict decisions 11 seconds before people act”

Behavior-Predicting Neural Code Identified

Greater activation of neurons on one side of the superior colliculus versus the other signals the detection of a relevant event. Credit: James Herman, Ph.D., National Eye Institute by Aswini Kanneganti Perceptual choice behavior, taking action based on the information received from the senses is often described by mathematical models. Although the associated neural activityContinue reading “Behavior-Predicting Neural Code Identified”

Will machines one day control our decisions?

New research suggests it’s possible to detect when our brain is making a decision and nudge it to make the healthier choice. In recording moment-to-moment deliberations by macaque monkeys over which option is likely to yield the most fruit juice, scientists have captured the dynamics of decision-making down to millisecond changes in neurons in theContinue reading “Will machines one day control our decisions?”