Reading a mind's memories

By looking at patterns on brain scans, scientists can "see" where a person has been

By Stephen Ornes, 15:45 PM March 29, 2009

To see Albus Dumbledore’s memories, Harry Potter simply had to look into the pensieve, sit back and wait for the show to begin. For us Muggles, reading minds isn’t quite so simple.

It may not be simple, but it may not be impossible, either. What if a brain scan could reveal your memories?

A team of British scientists recently did just that — they used brain scans to look at spatial memory in four people. Spatial memory is the kind of memory you use to remember where you are. Rats, f...

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