An exciting new study out of the University of Toronto shows that the brain lights up when you think things.
“I mean it’s incredible,” said neuroscientist Dr. Prya Laghara. “We now have the technology to put someone into an fMRI, tell them to think things, and then watch their brain light up.”
In order to prove this, Dr. Laghara recruited undergraduate students, put them in fMRIs, and then asked them to think things.
“I told them to think about anything, anything at all, and no matter what they thought about their brains lit up.”
When asked whether her study had any methodological issues, Dr. Laghara scoffed.
“We ran this study with 2000 undergraduate participants over the course of three years. In every condition, with every participant, their brain lit up when they thought things.”
“My colleagues all over the world are replicating this study, and so far nobody has been able to refute the hypothesis that the brain lights up when you think things. It’s an incredibly robust finding.”
Thanks to this breakthrough in neuroscience, the University of Toronto is taking the next decade’s stem cell research funds and using them to purchase ten fMRIs.
NOTES: The way we talk about neuroscience in the media and in public conversation is misleading. There seems to be a fixation on stimuli or internal thought patterns causing the brain to “light up” in different areas, as if the brain’s “lighting up” is something different than those processes themselves.