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Technology Could Enable Computers to 'Read the Minds' of Users

October 2, 2007

computing graphic Tufts University researchers are developing techniques that could allow computers to respond to users' thoughts of frustration or boredom (too much or too little work) by applying functional near-infrared spectroscopy technology, which uses light to monitor brain blood flow as a proxy for user workload stress. Applying this noninvasive, portable imaging technology in new ways, the researchers hope to gain real-time insight into the brain's emotional cues. Full Story

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