Researchers have developed a new way to explore the human brain in virtual reality. The system, called Glass Brain, which is developed by Philip Rosedale, creator of the famous game Second Life, and Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco, combines brain scanning, brain recording and virtual reality to allow a user to journey through a person’s brain in real-time.Rosedale made his wife a cap studded with electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes that measure differences in electric potential in order to record brain activity, while he wore a virtual reality headset to explore her brain in 3D, as flashes of light displayed her brain activity from the EEG.

The Glass Brain didn’t actually show what Rosedale’s wife was thinking, but Gazzaley’s team ultimately hopes to get closer to decoding brain signals and displaying them using the virtual reality system.

“We have never been able to step inside the structures of the brain and see it in this way. It is biofeedback on the next level,” Gazzaley was quoted as saying.

The duo demonstrated Glass Brain at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, March 10. A projection screen showed a similar view to the audience, which you can watch below:

More about Glass Brain on its official project page:

  • zestybagatelles

    steppinlazer see: grinning test subject explore own brain on ipad

  • steppinlazer

    zestybagatelles i feel like that could also be a string of search terms on shutterstock

  • zestybagatelles

    steppinlazer We will all be aggregations of such terms eventually, and the result of an advanced query will be the printing of a fresh self

  • mindmatters

    This article is misinformed — the Glass Brain was created by researchers (T. Mullen and C. Kothe) at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (UCSD) in collaboration with a team from Adam Gazzaley’s Neuroscape Lab at UCSF. The EEG cap was built by Cognionics, Inc in San Diego. The system was *demonstrated* at SXSW with Philip and Yvette Rosedale.
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