Monkeys’ brain waves offer paraplegics hope

by Rebecca on October 6, 2011

in Pet Talk

By Matt McGrath Science
reporter, BBC World Service

Monkeys have been trained to control a virtual arm on a computer screen using only their brain waves.

Scientists say the animals were also able use the arm to sense the texture of different virtual objects.

Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers say their work could speed up the development of wearable exoskeletons.

This technology could help quadriplegic patients not only regain movement but a sense of touch as well.

Artist's conception of monkey experiment (Katie Zhuang) The experiment shows both
control by the monkeys and sensory feedback to them

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