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Lecture 4. Living with a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)

Lecture by Theresa Vaughan, BA, National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies.

About Theresa:

Theresa is a research scientist with twenty-five years of experience in clinical research studies, 20 years focused specifically on brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) as new communication channels for people with severe motor disabilities. Most recently, she has supervised the first-ever large scale trial of independent home use of a BCI by people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In 2006, Theresa was one of the founders of the Center for Translational Neurological Research, a partnership between the Wadsworth Center and the Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital. The purpose of the Center is to translate the novel methods developed at the Wadsworth Center to the bedside. Most recently, this has resulted in a study that expands the research they have done with individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to include individuals who have reached the “locked-in state.”

Assessing the reliability and usefulness of an EEG-based brain-computer interface (BCI) for patients with advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who used it independently at home for up to 18 months is the topic of this lecture.

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