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12/12/2017 7:38:58 PM

Electronic chip connects with brain to control movement

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are working on an implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement.

For the last few years, researchers at the University of Washington have designed and installed a special computer chip attached to the top of monkeys` heads to record the brain`s motor cortex nerve signals.

This computer chip, dubbed the Neurochip, creates a brain-computer interface that records every movement sent from the motor cortex to the rest of the monkeys` bodies. Then the Neurochip converts those signals into a stimulus that can be fed back to the brain, creating new neural pathways that theoretically could be used if the motor cortex was damaged in some way.

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