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  • Mathematical simulations shed new light on epilepsy surgery
    on September 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Results from an unexpected quarter is could help neurologists to identify which brain region to remove to eliminate an epilepsy patient’s symptoms. Mathematicians have shown that it is sensible to examine the interconnections between different brain regions closely, instead of searching for abnormal regions only. […]

  • Brain Composer: 'Thinking' melodies onto a musical score
    on September 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    A new brain-computer interface application that allows music to be composed by the power of thought has now been developed by scientists. […]

  • 'Seeing' robot learns tricky technique for studying brain cells in mammals
    on August 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Scientists have successfully taught robots to perform a challenging brain technique only previously mastered by a handful of humans. […]

  • Stroke patient improvement with a brain-computer interface
    on August 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    It is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer, research shows. […]

  • Use of brain-computer interface, virtual avatar could help people with gait disabilities
    on August 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Researchers have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help patients recover the ability to walk after stroke, some spinal cord injuries and certain other gait disabilities. […]

  • Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements
    on August 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Researchers are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. They illustrate how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). […]

  • AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
    on August 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications. […]

  • Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain
    on August 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Scientist, for the first time, have developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks -- a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry. […]

  • Mapping the brain, neuron by neuron
    on August 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    A mathematician and computer scientist joined an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain, an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work. […]

  • 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. […]