“In a new pilot study, a team led by brain-machine interface pioneer Dr. Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University further pushed towards the impossible. Swapping (skull) drills for caps, the team turned away from implanted electrodes towards those embedded inside a beanie cap—electroencephalography (EEG), a simple way to measure electrical waves that wash over the brain, rich with information ripe for decoding.
Combined with three additional “elements of potential recovery,” such as balance control and sensory feedback, the team’s intensive program allowed two patients with long-term paralysis to walk over 4,500 steps with the help of a walker. What’s more, the brain-boosting program kicked their damaged nervous systems back into action, restoring some neurological recovery in both patients along with bladder, bowel, and sexual control.
The study clearly shows…”