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Controlling Individual Neurons Through Thought

A new study by UCLA and Caltech. holds promise for the paralyzed to perform simple activities.

Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar on November 4, 2010.

In an exciting new research study, scientists from UCLA and the California Institute of Technology were able to help epilepsy patients to control their individual neurons and manipulate images on a computer. After the patients had electrodes implanted in their brains and were shown a few pictures of their interest, they were able to fire a different neuron for each specific image. When those neurons were matched up with the images on a laptop, patients were able to increase the brightness of their target images by simply concentrating on them.

Researchers hope that in the future, their study could help paraplegics to consciously fire specific neurons and perform simply activities such as checking their emails or walking on artificial legs.

Here’s a video about this amazing discovery:



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California Institute of Technology

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