Mind over Matter: A Positive Spin on Mind Control

April 23, 2012

If there was ever any doubt that the brain controls movement, this new research study from Italy called The Light Hand Project, clearly indicates that that the brain gives the orders to the muscles.  

The following YouTube video clip shows how Pierpaolo Petruzziello's amputated arm was connected to a robotic limb, allowing him control the arm with his thoughts. He has phantom limb syndrome so still has a sense of his arm still being there. When electrodes were surgically implanted into his left arm he was then able to control the biomechanical hand.   
It wasn’t an easy process; it took Pierpaolo a month to be able to move the hand and according to him it was an exhausting process. I’m guessing that it would be similar to the process stroke patients go through when they are relearning to use their disabled limbs. It seems that the day of robotic limbs is coming sooner than later.


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