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.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Single Neuron Studies of the Human Brain|
|Subtitle of host publication||Probing Cognition|
|Editors||Itzhak Fried, Ueli Rutishauser, Moran Cerf, Gabriel Kreiman|
|State||Published - 2014|