The system is able to decipher thought patterns and tell what people are thinking simply by scanning the brain. The breakthrough is a step forward because it can delve into people's memories and differentiate between different recollections.
"What is more interesting is to look at 'episodic' memories – the complex, everyday memories that include much more information on where we are, what we are doing and how we feel.
"We've been able to look at brain activity for a specific episodic memory — to look at actual memory traces. We found our memories are definitely represented in the hippocampus.
"Now that we've seen where they are, we have an opportunity to understand how memories are stored and how they may change through time."
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