According to Dr. John Pezaris, Harvard Research Fellow, "The visual brain depends on visual experience to develop normally," so this implies that it works best on people who could once see because their brains will already know how to process the information.
Dr. Todd Kuiken of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago developed the "bionic arm". It's connected to the brain by healthy motor nerves that used to run into the patient's missing limb. These are then re-routed to other areas of the body, like the chest, where the nerve impulses they carry can be picked up by electrodes in the bionic arm. A patient can think about moving their hand, this sends the nerves that would have been sent to the real hand to the prosthetic one!
It doesn't end there. Dr. Kuiken's team is working on ways to improve the arm, using surviving sensory nerves to communicate the feeling of temperature, vibration and pressure.
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So this 'Bio-vision' is going to bypass the lateral geniculate nuclei, optic nerve, ,optic radiations, occipital cortex, optic tract, and the optic chiasm and go straight to the brain?
This is so hard to wrap my head around that it's brilliant!
Great read! ^_^
I want a bionic digestive system.
For eliminating all the fat to allow me to eat tons of chocolate.
Great 'B' post! Isn't technology simply amazing? Every day seems to bring something new in the medical field. Looking forward to your posts. Happy Tuesday! ☺
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Amazing post! Simply amazing!