Neurologists Make Mind-Control Possible!
July 17, 2017
An instrument that emits notes according to a person’s brain signals is the latest example of mind-controlled technology helping those who have limited movement to engage with the world.
The Encephalophone is a device that samples different sets of brain waves to control a synthesised piano. The device could help those who have had a stroke or are restricted by paralysis to engage with music, a task that has been shown to have significant therapeutic benefits. Researcher Thomas Deuel from the Swedish Neuroscience Institute and the University of Washington and his colleagues are now working with more people to see how much they can improve with additional training on the Encephalophone.
Listening to music has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for those who have suffered neurological trauma following a stroke. For people who played music prior to losing the ability to speak or use their hands, making music might be more than just therapeutic – it could help them regain a lost identity.