Listening In On The Brain To Decode Speech

Reporting in PLoS Biology, researchers write that they were able to correlate words a person was hearing to specific electrical activity in the brain. Neuroscientist Robert Knight, a co-author of the study, discusses future applications of this research and concerns that it amounts to mental wiretapping.

Hear example audio of reconstructed speech from the study.

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Robert Knight

Robert Knight is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley.

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About Namisha Sarin Anand

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