Professor for Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Humboldt-Universität, Germany
Breaking the Wall of the Human Mind. How Neuroscience Helps Us Read Thoughts out of Brain Activity
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to read our minds? What now seems like fantasy is about to become reality: to predict what somebody is thinking based solely on the current levels of their brain activity. Head- ing the Bernstein Brain Imaging Center at Charité Medical School, John-Dylan Haynes (1971) investigates ways to decode a person’s thoughts based on magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, aiming to reveal how information is neurally encoded in the brain. Be it the control of computers and artificial protheses by brain activity or the detection of deception – Haynes’s research leads computational neuroscience and its application to the next level. After completing his Ph.D. in Psychology at Bremen University in 2003, Haynes worked at the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience at University College London and at the Max Planck Institute for Human and Cognitive Brain Sciences in Leipzig.