Latest Issue of Science News


News

Mind over machine

People control a computer through electrodes implanted in their brains

View the video

Using nothing but thoughts, people can coax a brain cell that likes Marilyn Monroe to overpower a Josh Brolin–favoring cell in a dominance battle that brings her image up on a computer screen, a study appearing October 28 in Nature shows. The paper expands on data presented last year at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago (SN: 11/21/09, p. 9) and shows how the brain makes choices about what to pay attention to in a sensory-rich world.    

Note: To comment, Science News subscribing members must now establish a separate login relationship with Disqus. Click the Disqus icon below, enter your e-mail and click “forgot password” to reset your password. You may also log into Disqus using Facebook, Twitter or Google.

X
This article is available only to subscribing members. Join SSP today or Log in.