Motor Recovery

BCI Interface and Motor Recovery

One of the goals of this workpackage is the exploitation of the BCI training paradigm as a behavioral, controlled strategy to recruit and/or reinforce patient's sensorimotor experience (like motor imagery and residual motor ability) during functional motor recovery after stroke and, thus to enhance those physiological plasticity phenomena which are the substrate for functional motor recovery itself.

In the short video below, we show an application of ongoing experiments at TOBI partners:

Functional Electrical Stimulation

In this video we show how functional electrical stimulation supports the restauration of basic mobility of an end-user hand. By coupling EEG with electrical muscle stimulation we can allow a patient to voluntarily control the movement of a paralyzed limb.

In the video a patient of the SUVAcare rehabilitation clinic in Sion (Switzerland) uses a brain-computer interface (BCI) to help him recover the mobility of his paralyzed right arm. The EEG reads his brain waves as he concentrates on moving his hand; the computer recognizes the pattern and then sends an impulse in the electrodes stimulating the arm's muscles.

In some cases, intensive training using this system has allowed the patients to regain control of the limb and keep it without assistance.