Genes and functional MRI

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Thu Nov 18 2004 - 17:47:34 MST

"Deciphering genetic relationships in cognitive function takes serious
effort. Michael Posner at the University of Oregon in Eugene and colleagues
found that a diminished ability to focus could be linked to two specific
mutations.1 The study involved a battery of genetic and cognitive tests
given to more than 200 people. A year later, in 2003, Posner added clarity
to the finding using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The
researchers linked the mutations to differing activity in the anterior
cingulate cortex.2 This study required only 16 subjects. "

I wonder how much progress in this direction it would take to get a
simulated human going?

As long as the simulated human didn't have the ability to modify its own
software, would this be dangerous?

Or is this a topic that's been beaten to death in previous years?

Keith Henson

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