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Monkeys move objects w/ mind in Duke study

Scientists at Duke University conducting research found that monkeys can move objects just with their minds.

October 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scientists at Duke University conducting research found that monkeys can move objects just with their minds.

In a neuro-engineering study, two monkeys used electrical brain activity to move virtual hands on an avatar.

Those objects were given virtual textures, and the monkeys were able to tell the difference, even though no part of their bodies, other than their brains, was involved.

Researchers said this work could someday give paralyzed people the chance not only to move again, but to have their sense of touch restored.


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