Stable recordings enable ‘plug-and-play’ control of brain–computer interface

By the need for daily recalibration of the decoder that converts neural activity into control signals. Researchers at the UC San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences have now employed machine learning to help an individual with tetraplegia learn to control a computer cursor using their brain activity, without requiring extensive daily retraining.

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Sidestepping the side effects of neurostimulation

Stimulation of the vagus nerve by implanted electrodes is used to treat a range of conditions including epilepsy, depression and heart failure. Such stimulation can also inadvertently activate muscles in the throat, however, leading to treatment-limiting side effects such as pain, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath.

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