Current Advances in Neural Decoding

  • Marcel A. J. van GervenEmail author
  • Katja Seeliger
  • Umut Güçlü
  • Yağmur Güçlütürk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11700)


Neural decoding refers to the extraction of semantically meaningful information from brain activity patterns. We discuss how advances in machine learning drive new advances in neural decoding. While linear methods allow for the reconstruction of basic stimuli from brain activity, more sophisticated nonlinear methods are required when reconstructing complex naturalistic stimuli. We show how deep neural networks and adversarial training yield state-of-the-art results. Ongoing advances in machine learning may one day allow the reconstruction of thoughts from brain activity patterns, providing a unique insight into the contents of the human mind.


Neural decoding Visual Perception Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Deep Neural Networks Adversarial training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel A. J. van Gerven
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katja Seeliger
    • 1
  • Umut Güçlü
    • 1
  • Yağmur Güçlütürk
    • 1
  1. 1.Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourNijmegenThe Netherlands

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