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Turning thought into Action

Our laboratory investigates how the brain turns thought into voluntary behavior. We seek to expand our understanding of the basic principles of neural computation, and use this knowlege to improve the quality of life of persons with paralysis.We study how populations of neurons represent and transform information as motor plans evolve towards movement execution. This approach has required the creation of novel technology to simulaneously record the activity of hundreds of individual neurons. Our work has led to a clinical trial where humans with paralysis can use neural activity to directly control external devices. 

Brown scientist wins $1.5M innovator award for new approach to decoding brain signals

News from Brown: How the brain plans a gripping motion

News from Brown: BrainGate team wins $1M prize in Israel

News from Brown: People with paralysis control robotic arms using brain-computer interface

Nature Research Highlights: Movement Decoded