MPI für biologische Kybernetik / Biologische Kybernetik |
|Closing the sensorimotor loop: Haptic feedback facilitates decoding of arm movement imagery|
|Authors:||Gomez Rodriguez, M.; Peters, J.; Hill, J.; Schölkopf, B.; Gharabaghi, A.; Grosse-Wentrup, M.|
|Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):||2010-10|
|Title of Proceedings:||Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2010)|
|Intended Educational Use:||No|
|Abstract / Description:||Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) in combination with robot-assisted physical therapy may become a valuable tool for neurorehabilitation of patients with|
severe hemiparetic syndromes due to cerebrovascular brain damage (stroke) and other neurological conditions. A key aspect of this approach is reestablishing
the disrupted sensorimotor feedback loop, i.e., determining the intended movement using a BCI and helping a human with impaired motor function to move
the arm using a robot. It has not been studied yet, however, how artificially closing the sensorimotor feedback loop affects the BCI decoding performance.
In this article, we investigate this issue in six healthy subjects, and present evidence that haptic feedback facilitates the decoding of arm movement
intention. The results provide evidence of the feasibility of future rehabilitative efforts combining robot-assisted physical therapy with BCIs.
|External Publication Status:||published|
|Communicated by:||Holger Fischer|
|Affiliations:||MPI für biologische Kybernetik/Empirical Inference (Dept. Schölkopf)|
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