Groundbreaking system allows locked-in syndrome patients to communicate

Groundbreaking system allows locked-in syndrome patients to communicate

Groundbreaking system allows locked-in syndrome patients to communicate 150 150 icnagency

By: Ian Sample Science editor | Groundbreaking system allows locked-in syndrome patients to communicate | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Using a device which detects patterns in brain activity, patients paralysed by ALS can answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – and tell doctors they are ‘happy’ with life

Doctors have used a brain-reading device to hold simple conversations with “locked-in” patients in work that promises to transform the lives of people who are too disabled to communicate.

The groundbreaking technology allows the paralysed patients – who have not been able to speak for years – to answer “yes” or “no” to questions by detecting telltale patterns in their brain activity.

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