One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Just as the larynx controls the vocal cords, the brain controls the larynx. That's where ECoG comes into play. To study the brain-larynx link, Dr. Edward Chang recruited 12 patients with epilepsy who already had electrode arrays implanted inside their skulls. Dr. Gerwin Schalk gives his input on the interesting features of this study.
The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Dr. Leuthardt, a scientist and brain surgeon, believes in a future where brain implants are a commonality allowing a seamless connection between people and computers. About 15 years ago, he had an epiphany of recruiting patients with intractable epilepsy as experimental subjects. He started designing tasks for them to do and to help us learn how the brain encodes our thoughts and intentions. After recruiting Dr. Schalk in his endeavors, progress was swift. Notably, Dr. Schalk designed software to recognize the activation patterns of groups of neurons associated with a given task or though. Using this, Dr. Schalk and Dr. Leuthardt believe they have found the little voice that we hear in our mind when we imagine speaking and have assisted patients to regain fine motor control of their fingers after orthosis removal.
Inside the Race to Hack the Human Brain
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Bryan Johnson, a 40-year old tech entrepreneur, inspired by the fantastic advances in neuroscience (including Dr. Schalk’s research on auditory neurons firing patterns) decided to invest $100 million to pursue his insanely ambitious dream of taking control of evolution and creating a better human.
“Facephenes”: Brain Stimulation Creates Phantasmal Faces
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Dr. Schalk and his colleagues conducted the first human study to show how fusiform face area stimulation affects the perception of non-face objects. The subject described seeing imaginary faces superimposed on real-world objects.
'Soonish' Predicts World-Changing Tech: Author Q&A
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Science writers Kelly and Zach Weinersmith combined humorous illustrations with serious investigative reporting to explain futuristic technology, such as brain-computer interfaces, cheap spaceflight, personalized disease treatment, shapeshifting robots, and 3D printed food. Dr. Gerwin Schalk shared his mind-blowing view of the future of brain-computer interfaces: humans connecting their thoughts together in a giant cloud.
Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonish
Monday, October 16, 2017
Zach and Kelly Weinersmith, a cartoonist and a parasite researcher, enlisted an army of scientists, researchers and even a Nobel Prize laureate to help them break down some really complicated science in a funny, everyday voice, punctuated by laugh-out-loud comic panels. Among the enlisted scientists, Dr. Gerwin Schalk shared his views on the future of brain-computer interfaces.
Clinic provides hope for athletes with brain injuries: 'This is going to be huge'
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
This article in USA Today reports on Pure Recovery California Center, which rehabilitates NFL, college, and high school football players suffering from the effects of repeated and severe brain trauma. They apply therapies that have been successfully used in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson’s Disease, and in stroke recovery. Dr. Gerwin Schalk is providing his opinion on this approach.
New Technique for Visualization of Functional Brain Areas.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Dr. Schalk recently received a guest professor position at the Medical University of Graz in Austria. This article in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard describes his guest professorship, and his attempt to transfer a new technique for visualization of functional areas in the brain developed in his lab to the Medical University of Graz.