From Science Daily:
To enable the monkeys to control two virtual arms, researchers recorded nearly 500 neurons from multiple areas in both cerebral hemispheres of the animals’ brains, the largest number of neurons recorded and reported to date.
The monkeys were trained in a virtual environment within which they viewed realistic avatar arms on a screen and were encouraged to place their virtual hands on specific targets in a bimanual motor task.
This research is focused on the extremely noble pursuit of improving control of prosthetic devices, but I can’t help but think how cool it would be to control a VR avatar with your brain.
These results suggest that the monkeys’ brains may incorporate the avatar arms into their internal image of their bodies.
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