"A new algorithm enables a moment-by-moment analysis of brain activity each time a laboratory monkey reaches this way or that during an experiment. It's like reading the monkey's mind," states the Stanford Report article.
Professor Shenoy and neuroscientist Matthew Kaufman, a previous student of Shenoy's, published the research findings in eLife.
Shenoy's lab focuses on movement control and neural prostheses — such as artificial arms — controlled by the user's brain.
"This basic neuroscience discovery will help create neural prostheses that can withhold moving a prosthetic arm until the user is certain of their decision, thereby averting premature or inopportune movements," Shenoy said.
Krishna Shenoy is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Courtesy Professor of Neurobiology.