'Glass Brain' shows neurons firing in real time

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Screenshot: "Glass brain flythrough" (2014 YouTube LC / Gazzaleylab / SCCN / Neuroscapelab)

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Philip Rosedale, creator of Second Life, and Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco, have developed a way for people to see each thought as it flies through the mind. 

 Entitled "The Glass Brain," the project was on display at SXSW 2014 and provided attendees the opportunity to see how their brains react to assorted stimuli.

As per the official project website, numerous pieces of technology were used to create the product: "MRI brain scanning to generate a high-resolution 3D model of an individual's brain, skull, and scalp tissue, DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) for reconstructing white matter tracts, and BCILAB/SIFT to remove artifacts and statistically reconstruct the locations and dynamics of multiple sources of activity inside the brain from signals measured at electrodes on the scalp."

In addition to making for as an unusual, fun activity, The Glass Brain may also serve as a tool for rehabilitating patients with brain damage. Patients could observe how their brains work compared to "normal" brains, allowing them to essentially "retake control" of their minds.

Gazzaley is currently overseeing the development of core research facility Neuroscape Lab at the UCSF Neuroscience Imaging Center (NIC). The lab is dedicated to the study of "novel neuro-diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, with the primary goal of driving rapid translation of neuroscience to real-world solutions."

Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAIQeTeMJ-I


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