The mind is the key to advance many fields of science and medicine. Consider motor neuroprosthetics. Controlling a devise with the brain signal relies on the mind. What exactly is the user thinking? What are they perceiving, feeling, imagining, and intending? Once the user’s mind is defined, corresponding neural network activity & brain signals can then be defined with corresponding accuracy and precision.
The MA Method of mapping mind to brain is based on the idea the mind is comprised (mostly) of a set of general memories. A state of mind (ex: “the intention to grasp a phone”) can be defined as a (weighted, connected, excitatory/inhibitory) general memory set. From this, a corresponding set of FNN (functional neural network) ranges are defined. Subsequent brain signals can then be inferred as the activity of (part of) that memory set.
Toward proof of concept, Mind Brain Insights, LLC offer the Mind Mapping Challenge. First, the challenger — someone who’s professional interests include neuroprosthetics, BCI technology, CNS disorder research and treatment, and other fields of applied neuroscience — picks an aspect of mind he or she is interested in. It is helpful to be as specific as possible. Possible topics might include “the reward center activity triggered by a successful movement, “the functional neural networks activated by the action “grasp a phone,” or “an ideal mind/brain target for a paralyzed person trying to move a cursor on a computer screen.” Once the topic of interest is identified, and both parties agree, MBI can provide an initial 1-2 page analysis, free of charge.
Below is a list of components of mind to choose from. Any of these can be defined as memory networks, and (using existing literature & new measurement) mapped to the brain as functional neural network (FNN) ranges.
Aspects of the Mind:
Perception: vision, hearing, smell, touch, taste, somatosensation
Thought and thinking
Goals, plans, procedures
Emotions and states of motivation & arousal
Voluntary motor control (sensation & perception/imagination/intention//prediction/motor cortex signal)
Any cognitive neuroscience category: the reward center, executive control, etc.
The self (perceptual & conceptual)
Resting state network
Short term & working memory
Intention (to do, think, feel…)
Language: word and word sequence sounds
Activities and actions
The conscious and unconscious mind
Either a general description, or an example, of any of the above
Any combination of the above
The main goal of the Mind Mapping Challenge is to provide actionable information that can add value to a specific project — real or hypothetical. This analysis can also be compared to other approaches, to see which approach enhances the project more effectively.