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Brain Patterns Predict Mistakes
Date:4/23/2008

al-world tasks, using mobile and wireless EEG devices, to measure the brain's electrical activity and predict errors before they happen.

"But that's way down the road," he added. "Five, ten, fifteen years down the road."

H. Elliot Albers, director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, described the findings as "very interesting."

"I think it offers possibilities for the future," he said, "in terms of understanding how the brain either recognizes errors it's about to make or how it's going to cause mistakes in advance, if in fact the patterns are causative. And, yes, understanding all of this very well might lead to safety applications in the future. But, I agree, that's way down the road."

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SOURCES: Tom Eichele, M.D., Ph.D., department of biological and medical psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; H. Elliot Albers, director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Georgia State University, Atlanta; April 21-25, 2008, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


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