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Single Neuron Studies of the Human BrainProbing Cognition$
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Itzhak Fried, Ueli Rutishauser, Moran Cerf, and Gabriel Kreiman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027205

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027205.001.0001

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Studying Thoughts and Deliberations Using Single Neuron Recordings inHumans

Studying Thoughts and Deliberations Using Single Neuron Recordings inHumans

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Single Neuron Studies of the Human Brain

Itzhak Fried

The MIT Press

Cognitive processes such as imagery, free recall, and internal deliberations are difficult to study because they require the cooperation of human subjects who can express their thoughts to make them accessible to an external observer. Here, we review a series of human single neuron studies were scientists were able to decode internal mental processes, in relatively high specificity, and in some cases prior to their actual manifestation by language or motor behavior. These pioneering studies form the scientific basis for further investigation into the possibility of decoding freely occurring thoughts and deliberations. These studies show that human subjects were able to activate neurons in the human medial temporal lobe tuned for visual categories by thought alone.

Keywords:   Free will, Recollection, free recall, closed-loop, decoding

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