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January 2014

Researchers Reveal More About How Our Brains Control Our Arms

K. ShenoyHow do the neurons in the brain control planned versus unplanned arm movements?  Krishna Shenoy , a Stanford professor of electrical engineering, neurobiology (by courtesy) and bioengineering (affiliate), wanted to answer that question as part of his group’s ongoing efforts to develop and improve brain-controlled prosthetic devices.

In a paper published today in the journal Neuron, Shenoy and first author Katherine Cora Ames, a doctoral student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program, present a mathematical analysis of the brain activity of monkeys as they make anticipated and unanticipated reaching motions.



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