“The brain is the most important organ you have…according to the brain.” Well, it certainly was the star of the show at the Sunburst Brain Camp, a week-long event devoted to exploring its mysteries!The camp (organised by ST Endowment Programme and National University of Singapore) allowed students across Asia to meet professors, visit research labs, conduct experiments and discuss this most enigmatic of organs. But enough from us – watch what these aspiring neuroscientists have to say!
We use the new and promising approach of connectivity mapping, which is the reconstruction of functional connections between cortical areas based on the signals present in those areas. We have implemented a high-throughput, dynamic, and computationally cheap method to map connectivity, and have shown that these directed connectivity maps are informative in decoding joint angle from the ECoG signal.
A transradial amputee demonstrates the advantages of the Myoelectrically-Operated RFID Prosthetic Hand (MORPH) in a battery of functional hand dexterity tasks. EMG thresholding in conjunction with RFID tag readings allows the hand to automatically form complex preshapes, and to operate individual digits in a dexterously relevant manner.
Using advanced signal processing algorithms developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, a congenital amputee is able to control the popular Wolfenstein video game using only EMG signals from the residual limb.