Even After Long-Term Exposure, Bionic Touch Does Not Remap the Brain
Published in Brain/Neurology, Tech News.
Summary: After a year of using a bionic arm, patients report subjective sensations did not shift to match the location of the touch sensor on their prosthetic device.
Source: University of Chicago
Advances in neuroscience and engineering have generated great hope for Luke Skywalker-like prosthetics: robotic devices that are almost indistinguishable from a human limb. Key to solving this challenge is designing devices that not only can be operated with a user’s own neural activity, but can also accurately and precisely receive and relay sensory information to the user.