Engineers decode conversations in brain's motor cortex

How does your brain talk with your arm? The body doesn't use English, or any other spoken language. Biomedical engineers are developing methods for decoding the conversation, by analyzing electrical patterns in the motor control areas of the brain.

The new research is published online in the journal Nature Methods.

In this study, the researchers leveraged advances from the field of "deep learning"— powerful new artificial intelligence-based approaches that have revolutionized many technology industries in the last few years. The new computing approaches, which use artificial neural networks, let researchers uncover patterns in complex data sets that have been previously overlooked, says lead author Chethan Pandarinath, PhD.

Dr. Pandarinath is a NS faculty member.

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