Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis

@inproceedings{Thomson2013PerceivingIL,
  title={Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis},
  author={Eric E. Thomson and Rafael Carra and Miguel A. L. Nicolelis},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2013}
}
Sensory neuroprostheses show great potential for alleviating major sensory deficits. It is not known, however, whether such devices can augment the subject's normal perceptual range. Here we show that adult rats can learn to perceive otherwise invisible infrared light through a neuroprosthesis that couples the output of a head-mounted infrared sensor to their somatosensory cortex (S1) via intracortical microstimulation. Rats readily learn to use this new information source, and generate active… CONTINUE READING

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