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!

Bookmark and Share

777 E. Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803 • Phone: 407.514.2000 • TTY: 407.514.2005 • Toll Free: 888.OSC.4FUN • Email: gservices@osc.org
  Orlando Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.
This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. Privacy Policy • Accessibility