MIND reading could be one step closer to reality as scientists have worked out they can see the thoughts of rats and predict their actions.
Researchers have revealed they can tell exactly what rats are thinking by observing the activity in their brains.
Scientists observed the hippocampus – the heart of the organ – and were able to determine the rat’s thoughts and actions.
Jozsef Csicsvari, co-author of the study published in the journal Neuron, revealed they have created a “brain map” for the rats.
And this allows them to match up neural activity to the actions of the rat – and therefore predict the rodent’s actions.
Rats were placed through a maze repeatedly which allow scientists to build up a picture of their brain.
Csicsvari told ScienceDaily: “Thanks to this work, we are currently able to determine the position of a rat in a labyrinth by observing its hippocampus.
“A sort of brain map, it is activated in a particular way depending on where we are located in the area.
“However, it turns out that sometimes the active neuron does not match the location of the rat.
“Rather it gives us a glimpse of how the animal views the space.”
He said: “This gives us an insight into what the animal is thinking about space.
“We used this concept to understand how rats think during tasks that test their spatial memory.”
The experiment even allows them to realise when a rat has made a mistake.