There have been tremendous advances in our understanding of brain function over the past twenty years. But what is current in brain research and what is on the horizon? Which new techniques have thoroughly excited neuroscientists (and often the media) in terms of their potential to aid understanding of the healthy and damaged brain? In this lecture we will consider, amongst other things: the Human Connectome Project research and new brain mapping technologies, neural decoding of nerve impulses and implications for ‘mind reading’, the use of functional brain scanners to communicate with coma patients, computer-brain interfaces and neurobionic implants in amputees and patients with tetraplegia.
Warning: high thrill index for brain-nerds!