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Science in Brief: Decoding Text from Brain Activity via Imagined Handwriting

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 08:00

A team of neuroscientists, engineers, and neurosurgeons at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University have developed a new and improved method for letting people with paralysis communicate freely and rapidly by translating brain activity to text.

Their new approach works by decoding brain activity recorded while a clinical trial participant with severe paralysis imagined writing out letters and words by hand.

Watch the video to find out why decoding imagined handwriting doubled the brain-to-text world record the team last set in 2017 and how the researchers' partnership with clinical trial participants is advancing technology that could one day help people with severe paralysis communicate more freely.

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