18 March 2013
Posted in NatureWorks
Have you ever wondered what your brain looks like when you think? Science just got one step closer to solving the mystery!
Scientists at Japan's National Institute of Genetics announced last month that they have succeeded in catching the thought of a young zebrafish on camera!
In their embryonic and larval states zebrafish are clear, making them ideal candidates for scientists wishing to study the inner workings of living things.
Scientists dosed the larval zebrafish in question with fluorescing agents that glow when neurons are activated. The scientists then released a paramecium (a yummy snack for a growing zebrafish) into the tank with the zebrafish and were rewarded with a neurological light show!
This ground-breaking experiment is the first time that a real-time video of neural activity has been captured. This accomplishment could lead to several real-world applications.
This research could lead to better psychiatric medications by allowing doctors to easily map brain functions when the brain is under the influence of various chemicals. It could also lead to thought detection. Scientists could feasibly interpret an animal's behavior and thoughts based on neural activity.
Check out this video released by the scientists at Japan's National Institute of Genetics to see what a thought looks like!