Neural Interfaces

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  • Artificial intelligence helps build brain atlas of fly behavior
    on July 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Scientists have created comprehensive brain maps linking different groups of neurons to specific behaviors, using a machine-learning program that annotated more than 225 days of videos of flies -- a feat that would have taken humans some 3,800 years. […]

  • Hackers could use brainwaves to steal passwords, study finds
    on July 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    EEG headsets, growing in popularity among consumers, need better security, suggests a team of researchers who say that hackers could use the items to steal passwords. […]

  • Who is responsible if a brain-controlled robot drops a baby?
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, researchers say that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and beneficial use of direct brain-machine interaction. […]

  • Beyond bananas: 'Mind reading' technology decodes complex thoughts
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    New research builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read." […]

  • Video games can change your brain
    on June 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction. […]

  • Cognitive-related neural pattern to activate machines
    on June 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    A study has identified a functional brain pattern linked to cognitive behavior able to activate an iPad's touchscreen. Results may be useful in brain-machine interfaces, of particular interest for people with physical difficulties to communicate with the outside world. […]

  • How the brain recognizes what the eye sees
    on June 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    New work outlining the brain's visual process could improve self-driving cars and point to therapies for sensory impairment, suggest investigators. […]

  • Virtual reality eases phantom limb pain
    on May 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Virtual Reality (VR) can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain, report researchers. A new test shows that VR technology can trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb. […]

  • Mind-controlled device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralyzed hands
    on May 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a plastic brace fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some ability to control their own hands when they were not wearing the brace, according to a new study. The participants, all of whom had moderate to severe paralysis, showed significant improvement in grasping objects. […]

  • Next-gen computing: Memristor chips that see patterns over pixels
    on May 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Inspired by how mammals see, a new 'memristor' computer circuit prototype has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude, faster and with much less power than today's most advanced systems. […]

  • Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them
    on May 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Despite significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it has been notoriously hard for computers to understand why a user behaves the way s/he does. Now researchers report that computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements. […]

  • Click-on arm prosthesis controlled by patient's thoughts
    on April 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Last Friday, the first patient in the Netherlands received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone. A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient's own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis. […]

  • Motor neurons adjust to control tasks, new brain research reveals
    on April 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner, new research reveals. The findings enhance our understanding of how the brain controls movement and have the potential to improve the performance and reliability of brain-machine interfaces, or neural prosthetics, that assist paralyzed patients and amputees. […]

  • People find changes in user interfaces annoying
    on April 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Researchers modelled learning and visual search and predicted how users learn new or partially changed user interfaces. The model shows that even small changes can disturb visual search and impede use. […]

  • Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression
    on March 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Cognitive neuroscientists are using the Stampede supercomputer to provide accurate predictions of risk for those with depression and anxiety. They have been able to classify individuals with major depressive disorder with roughly 75 percent accuracy using a machine learning approach. Stampede 2 -- which will come online later in 2017 -- will provide the increased computer processing required to incorporate more data and achieve even greater accuracy. […]

  • Brain cell simulations show critical tipping point for swelling
    on March 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    When brain cells don’t get enough energy, caused by a stroke or trauma, they can start swelling rapidly. New mathematical models of this mechanism show a critical tipping point: at lower energy levels, there is no way back. […]

  • Controlling turtle motion with human thought
    on March 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Researchers have developed a technology that can remotely control an animal's movement with human thought. […]

  • How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
    on March 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    A new mathematical model could help clarify what drove the evolution of large brains in humans and other animals, according to a study. […]

  • Machine learning writes songs that elicits emotions from its listeners
    on March 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. Scientists have developed a new machine-learning device that detects the emotional state of its listeners to produce new songs that elicit new feelings. […]

  • New software allows for 'decoding digital brain data'
    on February 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    New software allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time during an fMRI brain scan. […]

  • Artificial synapse for neural networks
    on February 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    A new organic artificial synapse could support computers that better recreate the way the human brain processes information. It could also lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies. […]

  • Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis
    on February 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated. […]

  • Chip could make voice control ubiquitous in electronics
    on February 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    In anticipation of the age of voice-controlled electronics, researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition. Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition software might require about 1 watt of power, the new chip requires between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, depending on the number of words it has to recognize. […]

  • The Internet and your brain are more alike than you think
    on February 9, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    A similar rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems, reports a researcher. An algorithm used for the Internet is also at work in the human brain, says the report, an insight that improves our understanding of engineered and neural networks and potentially even learning disabilities. […]

  • Controlling a prosthesis with your brain
    on February 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    The use of brain computer interface has the potential to improve the daily lives of people with prosthetic limbs, according to new research. […]

  • Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate
    on January 31, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    A computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with completely locked-in syndrome, according to a new article. Counter to expectations, the participants in the study reported being "happy," despite their extreme condition. […]

  • Modeling the rhythmic electrical activities of the brain
    on January 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Researchers studying the brain have long been interested in its neural oscillations, the rhythmic electrical activity that plays an important role in the transmission of information within the brain's neural circuits. Working with the Wilson-Cowan model, a widely-used model in computational neuroscience that describes the average activity of populations of interconnected neurons, Leandro Alonso has designed a new mathematical tool to help explore the broad spectrum of responses possible from a simple neural circuit. […]

  • The world's first demonstration of spintronics-based artificial intelligence
    on December 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Researchers have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated the basic operation of spintronics-based artificial intelligence. […]

  • Research team sets new mark for 'deep learning'
    on December 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Artificial intelligence and neuroscience experts have taken inspiration from the human brain in creating a new 'deep learning' method that enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own, much as human babies do. […]

  • Mind-controlled toys: The next generation of Christmas presents?
    on December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    The next generation of toys could be controlled by the power of the mind, thanks to new research. […]