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Interested in Brain Computer Interfacing

  1. Jan 28, 2017 #1
    Hello everyone I am new here so please forgive me if I am posting this question at wrong place.
    I am pursuing Biomedical Engineering (2nd semester undergraduate). I am interested in Brain Computer Interfacing and want to study about it. So could anyone suggest me any good book to read that explains from basics. Also which prerequisite knowledge I should be having to understand about it well.
    Thank you
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2017 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF.

    Well, a keyboard is a Brain-Computer interface. So are a mouse and drawing tablet... :smile:

    What other modalities do you have in mind? Virtual Reality headsets? EEG, PET scans, etc.?
     
  4. Jan 28, 2017 #3
    Well I am basically interested in bionics.

    So I want to study about how we can control a prosthetic just with our thoughts.

    Thank you
     
  5. Jan 28, 2017 #4

    berkeman

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    EEG is not a very reliable way to control anything. There has been some work done on it, though. Do you have any links to the recent work?

    I think there have been some other advances in controlling prosthetics -- are you aware of any such work? :smile:
     
  6. Jan 28, 2017 #5

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  7. Jan 28, 2017 #6
    Thank you for giving the link:smile:

    No I don't know any links which gives information about recent work in this topic.

    Also you are saying that EEG is not a reliable way for it but in last part of article what I can understand is that they are focusing on EEG technology to extract signals from brain
    " In the future, researchers envision a kind of cap with sensors that an amputee or paralyzed person could wear that would feed information about brain activity to the robotic arm."
     
  8. Jan 28, 2017 #7

    berkeman

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    They are wishing that it could work, but currently AFAIK, we are a long way from doing it. The information that you get via traditional EEG electrodes is very jumbled, with trends, but no great control by us. Through biofeedback training with EEG, you can gain some control over some of your brain rhythms, but nothing like "move right arm in" kind of resolution. The last time I looked at it was about 10 years ago, though, so maybe they've made more progress.
     
  9. Jan 28, 2017 #8
    So could you suggest me any source to read from:smile:
     
  10. Jan 28, 2017 #9

    berkeman

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    Yeah, I would just start with some Google searches. I had good luck when I searched on controlling prosthetics with EEG. As you find articles close to what you want, you can modify your Google search terms to get more refined search results.
     
  11. Jan 28, 2017 #10
    Thanks a lot
     
  12. Jan 29, 2017 #11

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    I have just started looking (in-depth) into this myself, and
    Theodore Berger's hippocampus prosthetic (he is now the chief
    science officer of a startup called Kernel) is interesting.
    Theodore Berger has some publicly available papers.
     
  13. Jan 29, 2017 #12

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    I also am faced with the task of learning from basics.
    I've enjoyed Alberts et al.'s Molecular Biology of the Cell
    and Mark F.Bear et al.'s Neuroscience.
    Since you are young,
    some "extra gloss" on math or physics will not hurt you, as it will
    always apply in some way, or your brain will be trained in some way.
    Set a high
    goal and the most efficient progression of study material (or
    activities) will evolve.
     
  14. Jan 29, 2017 #13

    Nidum

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    A search on ' Nerve controlled prosthetics ' generates a large number of good hits .
     
  15. Feb 1, 2017 #14
    Thanks a lot everyone for telling me about books and search keywords:smile:
     
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