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Microscope image of interconnected neurons, which appear as colorful starbursts of light.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”

The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.

The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.

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Electrode array, with needle-like electrodes facing upward
Brain Implant Allows Completely Paralyzed Patient to Communicate
Natalia Mesa | Mar 24, 2022 | 4 min read
The patient, who has ALS, is able to communicate in complete sentences by deliberately altering his brain’s activity.
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Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2021
Chloe Tenn | Dec 29, 2021 | 4 min read
From a Nobel prize and photosynthesis-powered brains to neurodegeneration research and controversy over a new Alzheimer’s drug, a look back at some of the biggest brain-related developments of the year.
The Rise of BCI Enables Advances in Neuroscience
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
A nascent but growing consumer market for brain-computer interface technology is driving the development of sleek new tools for decoding brain activity.
Image of the Day: Brain-Computer Interface Electrode
Emily Makowski | Oct 8, 2019 | 1 min read
A newly developed device can better measure brain waves such as those used to control a robotic car.
Artificial Touch Enabled
Jef Akst | Oct 13, 2016 | 2 min read
A quadriplegic 28-year-old man senses touch via stimulation of electrodes implanted in his somatosensory cortex.
Neuroprosthesis Restores Arm Movement
Tanya Lewis | Apr 13, 2016 | 2 min read
A 24-year-old quadriplegic man regains control of his arm with a neural prosthetic device.
Brain New World
Malcolm Gay | Oct 1, 2015 | 3 min read
The melding of mind and machine uncovers mysteries harbored in the brain.
Book Excerpt from The Brain Electric
Malcolm Gay | Sep 30, 2015 | 4 min read
Author Malcolm Gay explores the science underlying headline-making research into neural prosthetics.
Brain-Machine Interface Goes Wireless
Bob Grant | Dec 18, 2014 | 1 min read
A paralyzed woman has used mind power and a robotic arm wirelessly connected to her brain to achieve the most dexterous movement yet accomplished with BMI.
Monkeys Learn to Steer Wheelchair
Jef Akst | Nov 19, 2014 | 2 min read
A brain-computer interface uses the animals’ brain activity to steer them to a food reward.
Mind, Powered
Eric C. Leuthardt | Oct 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Neuroscientist Eric talks about the science and technology behind brain-computer interfaces.
Monkey-Machine Interface
Abby Olena | Nov 11, 2013 | 2 min read
Researchers have shown that rhesus monkeys can control the movements of two virtual avatar arms simultaneously.
Week in Review, June 10–14
Bob Grant | Jun 14, 2013 | 4 min read
Supreme Court says no patenting (natural) genes; brain-computer interfaces mimic motor learning in brain; regenerating finger tips; gene therapy goes deeper; NIH needs more diversity; cross-border collaboration
Learning to Use Brain-Computer Interfaces
Ed Yong | Jun 10, 2013 | 3 min read
Controlling computers with the mind and learning motor skills rely on a similar set of brain regions.
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