View Full Version : Neurotechnology and treatments.


Amtram
09-27-13, 04:13 PM
From MIT, an article entitled Struggling to Translate Neuroscience Gains Into Treatments (http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519536/struggling-to-translate-neuroscience-gains-into-treatments/)

It starts off describing some of the phenomenal gains in technology - restoring sight, robotic prostheses - but goes on to describe how these findings can translate into treatments for disorders like depression because of the understanding of the brain that they provide.

It's just interesting the way some researchers are taking these findings and applying them to other things, and there are links to articles about these different projects inside the article.

BellaVita
09-27-13, 09:19 PM
Thanks for this! :)

Amtram
09-28-13, 11:22 AM
Most of the time, what's reported as a "breakthrough" isn't really, but is the result of years, sometimes decades of different trials and connecting different research and doing more trials. . .

Information that might look insignificant to a layperson can be really, really important to a researcher. The general public looks at "Bionic eyes! Robot hands! It's THE FUTURE!!!"

But as the last scientist in the article points out, the brain mapping that made these things possible also opens up possibilities for treatment of people whose bodies are whole, but whose brains are giving them trouble!