From: 60 Minutes

Scientists are using MRI scans to reveal the physical makeup of our thoughts and feelings

Who among us hasn’t wised we could read someone else’s mind, know exactly what they’re thinking? Well that’s impossible, of course, since our thoughts are, more than anything else, our own. Private, personal, unreachable. Or at least that’s what we’ve always, well, thought. 

Marcel Just: It’s like being an astronomer when the first telescope is discovered, or being a biologist when the first microscope is– is developed.

Neuroscientist Marcel Just says this technology has made it possible for the first time to see the physical makeup of our thoughts.  

They reached out to Matt Nock, a Harvard professor who has studied how difficult it is for doctors and emergency rooms to know which patients are safe to send home. 

Lesley Stahl: Is this the first time anybody’s looked inside the brain to see– about suicidal thoughts?

Matt Nock: Yes. This is the first study I– I have ever heard of where someone’s looked in the brain of someone who’s suicidal, who’s actively thinking about death or suicide– 

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