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“Neural Adaptations to a Brain-machine Interface” is the title of Jose Carmena’s presentation that will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the United States at Bucknell University. Entry is free and open to the public.

Mr Carmena is the principal investigator with the Brain-Machine Interface Systems laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley, where he also serves as an assistant professor of electrical engineering, cognitive science and neuroscience.

“I will give an introduction to the field of cortical brain-machine interfaces (BMI), powerful tools that use brain-derived signals to control artificial devices such as computer cursors and robots,” said Carmena of his upcoming talk.

“I also will give a summary of exciting results from our lab showing that the brain can consolidate prosthetic motor skill in a way that resembles that of natural motor learning. This will be followed by an outline on the emerging directions the field is taking towards the development of neuroprosthetic devices for the impaired.”

The talk is part of the University’s Social Science Colloquium series, “Emerging Minds: Seeking Meaning in a Physical World.

The final event in the “Emerging Minds” series is a talk on March 10 by neuroscientist David Eagleman, who will discuss neuroscience and the law (you can watch a complete presentation of David Eagleman on the same subject).

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