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The wonders of brain science

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Some clever people taught a monkey to play a computer game while its brain was wired up to record the signals that were being sent to the joystick. Eventually they sent the signals from the brain direct to the computer and cut the joystick out of the loop, even though they let the monkey keep on pushing and pulling it.

Of course this all contributed to the great scientific enterprise, in addition to showing that men are smarter than monkeys. I don’t expect anyone to read the paper (I didn’t, I used a gloss from someone else) but it has got really impressive diagrams and charts.

The work comes from a laboratory with a very impressive site at the Duke University Medical Centre.

Duke also has a centre for neuroengineering which hosts a project on brain/machine interfaces that has been nominated by some body among the top ten innovations that will change the shape of the future.

The Center for Neuroengineering brings together engineers, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, neurologists and psychologists to advance the methodologies for the recording, imaging and analyzing normal and abnormal brain activity. The center brings new capabilities to the community of Neuroscientists on campus but will house state-of-the-art computational and fabrication facilities for developing novel technologies for the brain.

By partnering with existing departments, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center and their outstanding faculties and facilities, the Center for Neuroengineering will become the intellectual hub for neuro-based technologies such as neurochips, system-level computational modeling, and in the application of electrophysiological and functional imaging techniques to both monitor and treat neurological diseases.

Links come up very faint on my screen so I have put them in bold.

Written by Admin

October 28, 2006 at 7:55 am

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