IN THE PAPERS
Using a a scanning technique called functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), scientists have been able to comunicate with a man who was believed to be in a vegetative state for years. They asked him yes-no questions and told him to imagine a particular scene if the answer was a “yes”, and a different one if it was a “no”. The man answered correctly questions as if the name of his father was Alexander or not. They scanned his mind while answering and detected activity in particular region when the answer was yes (when he imagined a determinate scene) and another one in a different region when he wanted to say no (imagining a different scene).