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This Brain-Computer Device Gives Voice to Those Who Cannot Speak

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This Brain-Computer Device Gives Voice to Those Who Cannot Speak

A revolutionary interface could be the key to unlocking the thoughts of people unable to voice their opinions. An international team of neuroengineers used near-infrared spectroscopy and EEG readings (electroencephalography) to measure communication and the brain’s electrical activity.

While previous research allowed some select patients communication, many noted this new measure offers the only consistent way to get results for those suffering from being “locked in.”

[Image Source: Wyss Center via EurekAlert]

The muteness, dubbed “locked-in syndrome” by researchers, silences a surprisingly large group of people. Those affected include those suffering from complete paralysis who retain awareness, cognitive ability and (sometimes) eye function.

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