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MSF Event: Beyond Boundaries ($20)

In this talk Dr. Miguel Nicolelis describes how state-of-the-art research on brain-machine interfaces make it possible for the brains of primates to interact directly and in a bi-directional way with mechanical, computational and virtual devices without any interference of the body muscles or sensory organs.


Join Dr. Nicolelis (Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives, Times Books, 2011) as he reviews a series of recent experiments using real-time computational models to investigate how ensembles of neurons encode motor information. These experiments have revealed that brain-machine interfaces can be used not only to study fundamental aspects of neural ensemble physiology, but they can also serve as an experimental paradigm aimed at testing the design of novel neuroprosthetic devices.

He will also describe evidence indicating that continuous operation of a closed-loop brain machine interface, which utilizes a robotic arm as its main actuator, can induce significant changes in the physiological properties of neural circuits in multiple motor and sensory cortical areas. This research raises the hypothesis that the properties of a robot arm, or other neurally controlled tools, can be assimilated by brain representations as if they were extensions of the subject's own body.

Dr. Nicolelis is Professor, Neurobiology Biomedical Engineering and Psychological and Brain Sciences,Co-Director, Center for Neuroengineering, at Duke University. He received his medical degree from the University of Sao Paulo Medical School, and was awarded a Ph.D. from the Institute of Biomedical Science, University of Sao Paulo.


5:30 Reception

6:30 Lecture

7:30 Q&A
Students w/ID: $5.00

Senior (65+): $10.00

Military w/ID: $10.00

General Admission: $20.00

Mind Science Foundation members: FREE - e-mail the Science Cafe organizer for details on how to obtain a discount

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  • Anthony G.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

    Albert Einstein

    1 · November 2, 2014

  • Carol

    I note that someone in this meet up is also in San Antonio Vegetable Eaters! I hope I get to meet this person sometimes. I eliminated osteoarthritis and pre diabetes becoming an 80/10/10 raw fruitarian. Any medical specialist in this group probably knows that both are considered in standard medical care as incurable! I love to understand when science is right and when science is wrong. I love T. Colin Campbell who discusses the minds cape of science as only one type of science instead of a "whole" type of science. Essentially he says you can take the apple and study the seeds or you can study the whole apple. Good science does both. We now only study the seeds, forgetting the interconnectedness of the whole apple. I hope all of you will give this amazing author a read. All of future science requires it. He says the culture and science needs a basic paradigm shift requiring that both paradigms be a part of good science reasoning and logic.

    November 2, 2014

  • Guillermo V.

    To clarify: I believe doors open at 5:30 for members of the Mind Science Foundation, but general admission can go start going in at 6:00pm. Also, this event will be held at the San Antonio Country Club, not the usual Pearl Brewery location.

    October 28, 2014

  • Rogelio

    Dies this start at 5:30 on the dot?

    October 24, 2014

    • Guillermo V.

      Hi Rogelio. Doors open at 5:30, but the event starts at 6:30 pm I believe.

      1 · October 28, 2014

  • Phillip M.

    I've never RSVP'd one year in advance. That's a first. Does that mean I could leverage this idea to become *really* crafty about meeting schedules? :)

    October 30, 2013

  • David S.

    Is this event still on? We were just at a MSF function where we saw that Nicolelis was being rescheduled to 2014.

    September 26, 2013

    • Mike

      That's true. Updated.

      October 6, 2013

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