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Neurotechnology – News and Features

Successful garbage sorting by an intelligent robot tactile system.

Trash-Sorting Robot Mimics Complex Human Sense of Touch

In Applied Physics Reviews, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Tsinghua University worked to break through the difficulties of robotic recognition of various common, yet complex, items.
A plastic model of the human brain, bisected to reveal different regions.

Non-Invasive Stimulation Technique Probes Deep Into the Human Brain

A new non-invasive brain stimulation technique can target deep brain regions that are the control centers of several important cognitive functions.
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MIT Scientists Develop a Method To Control Muscles Using Light

A new optogenetic technique could offer better muscle control and less fatigue for people who use neuroprosthetic systems.
An illustration of a brain surrounded by a geometric net of white lines.

New Advance in Neural Stimulation Tech Could Help Treat Neurological Disorders

The MagPatch is an array of magnetic microcoils, promising single-neuron precision for cochlear implants and vagus nerve stimulation.
A 3D model of a human brain.

Using Heart Rate To Guide Brain Stimulation for Depression

Study led by Brigham investigators suggests heart rate may be a useful tool to determine where to stimulate the brains of individuals with depressive disorders when brain scans aren’t available
A plastic model of the human brain, bisected.

Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region Crucial for Attention Control

Researchers have linked a region in the brain to how humans redirect thoughts and attention when distracted, offering insights into side effects of Parkinson's disease treatment.
Rice University engineers have developed the first miniaturized brain stimulator.

Smallest Implantable Brain Stimulator Developed for Human Patients

Rice University engineers have developed the smallest implantable brain stimulator demonstrated in a human patient. Thanks to magnetoelectric power transfer technology, the pea-sized device can be powered wirelessly.
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Filtering and Predictive Issues in the Brain Are Linked to Psychosis

Inside the brains of people with psychosis, two key systems are malfunctioning: a “filter” that directs attention toward important events and thoughts, and a “predictor” composed of pathways that anticipate rewards.
Someone having an MRI.

fMRI Interpretation Is Not As Straightforward as It Seems

A landmark study, led by Yen-Yu Ian Shih, PhD, professor of neurology and associate director of UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center, could alter how researchers interpret results from functional magnetic resonance imaging.
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Parkinson's Medication Delivery Via Infusion Pump Shows Promise in Phase 3 Trial

An international, multisite phase 3 trial co-led by a University of Cincinnati researcher found Parkinson’s disease medication delivered through an infusion pump is safe and effective at reducing symptoms for longer periods of time.