Can Motor Volition be Extracted from the Spinal Cord?
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, June 2012
Abhishek Prasad, Abhishek Prasad, Mesut Sahin
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in the partial or complete loss of movement and sensation below the level of injury. In individuals with cervical level SCI, there is a great need for voluntary command generation for environmental control, self-mobility, or computer access to improve their independence and quality of life. Brain-computer interfacing is one way of generating these voluntary command signals. As an alternative, this study investigates the feasibility of utilizing descending signals in the dorsolateral spinal cord tracts above the point of injury as a means of generating volitional motor control signals.
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