Predicting a person's mental state: usually brain-reading is associated to mind investigation. But the first goal of neuroscience is above all the understanding of the complex processes occurring within and among single neuronal pools generating behaviour. At ISTC the Laboratory of Electrophysiology for Translational neuroScience  (LET'S) has developed a new algorithmic method to not-invasively look into human brain.

"You should not take your pill on an empty stomach!" In a futuristic elderly person's home this kind of advice could come from a robot. At ISTC the Planning and Scheduling Technology Laboratory (PST) is working to build artificial systems, which provide assistance services: robotics is therefore exploited for socially useful tasks. 

Perceiving a painting through touching and hearing: this was the aim of an ISTC project, which realized a working prototype to allow a blind person to "see", exploiting the phenomenon of synesthesia. 

Patient participation in health-care decisions should be guaranteed by the ethical doctrine of informed consent. But is it always like this? At ISTC several social and psychological studies showed that patients' privacy is not always respected when talking about genetic testing.