Breakthroughs in neuroscience could allow us to peer into our own minds like never before.

What does a memory look like as it's forming? That's been one of the most fascinating and elusive questions facing neuroscientists, who have been using various imaging techniques for years to try to determine the physical basis of human thought. Memories are particularly tricky because of their fleeting nature. Now a group of researchers at the University of Oregon have figured out how to use Electroencephalography (EEG), a method of investigating the brain that isn't usually known for its spatial precision, to tap into short-term memories as they form.

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