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Single Neuron Un-Paralyzes Monkeys in Test

October 18th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

DailyTech – Single Neuron Un-Paralyzes Monkeys in Test

The electric “re-routing” working surprisingly well and the monkeys regained control of their wrists.  Their new capability was assessed by a simple video game.  The game was controlled by the monkeys’ wrist motions.  By moving their wrists, they could move a cursor onscreen and by moving it to a box on the side, they could earn a reward.  With the incentive of the reward the monkeys soon learned to move their wrists, even though the motor cortex neuron was selected at random.

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