Monkey Think, Monkey Do: Nicolelis discusses his research into moving objects with your brain
The ability to make lame or paralyzed people walk again was once the stuff of biblical stories, but not for much longer. Neurobiologist Dr. Miguel A. L. Nicolelis and his team at Duke University have found a way to do the unthinkable: give quadri- and paraplegics the ability to move their bodies using just their brain cells and a specially designed suit. If that sounds like futuristic science fiction, that’s because it is — the notion that you can move objects external to your body using only your mind seems fantastical to say the least. And yet, Nicolelis’ team has shown, with monkeys, that exactly that is possible. Nicolelis recently talked with Brain World magazine about how he got into his field, the future of his research, and how it may be used to help people in the future.