Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-Brain Communication

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Duke Neurobiology's Miguel Nicolelis' work on "brain net" garnered media attention. Nicolelis' research explores the possibilities of combining the signals from two different brains to complete an action. By inserting ultra-thin filaments into the brain tissue of physically separated primates, the lab team can combine the electric signals each filament picks up from the brain cells. These signals can then be combined to move an avatar's hands to touch targets. Implications of the research include the question of whether patients with conditions such as paralysis could be treated by connecting a healthy brain to theirs, potentially healing the damaged brain. For the full article on Nicolelis' work, click the links below.

CBS Morning News: Pushing the limits: Merging the power of multiple brains

Foreign News: This is your brain. This is your brain as a weapon

Huffington Post: Can we create an artificial brain?