Neuroprosthetics and deep brain stimulation: Two big neuroscience breakthroughs | Susan Hockfield

May 24th, 2019


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Give yourself the gift of knowledge by subscribing to Big Think Edge: http://bit.ly/bigthinkedge Neuroscience is working to conquer some of the human body's cruelest conditions: Paralysis, brain disease, and schizophrenia. - Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia. - Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles. - Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neuroscience that can effectively manage brain conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's, and may one day mitigate schizophrenia so people can live normal, independent lives. Susan Hockfield is a neuroscientist based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2004 to 2012, she served as the 16th president of the university. Hockfield was the first woman, and the first life scientist, to lead the institute. Prior to MIT, she worked at Yale University, where she served in myriad capacities. Among them, the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Provost. She is the author of "The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution" (https://amzn.to/2EfEZMT) Read more at BigThink.com: https://bigthink.com/videos/neuropros... Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink