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This post is part of a series of blog posts on Mind Retrieval (MR) that we started long time ago.

Another step closer to MR is provided below:

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002593

The abstract states and quote

“Despite partial success, communication has remained impossible for persons suffering from complete motor paralysis but intact cognitive and emotional processing, a state called complete locked-in state (CLIS). Based on a motor learning theoretical context and on the failure of neuroelectric brain–computer interface (BCI) communication attempts in CLIS, we here report BCI communication using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and an implicit attentional processing procedure. Four patients suffering from advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—two of them in permanent CLIS and two entering the CLIS without reliable means of communication—learned to answer personal questions with known answers and open questions all requiring a “yes” or “no” thought using frontocentral oxygenation changes measured with fNIRS. Three patients completed more than 46 sessions spread over several weeks, and one patient (patient W) completed 20 sessions. Online fNIRS classification of personal questions with known answers and open questions using linear support vector machine (SVM) resulted in an above-chance-level correct response rate over 70%. Electroencephalographic oscillations and electrooculographic signals did not exceed the chance-level threshold for correct communication despite occasional differences between the physiological signals representing a “yes” or “no” response. However, electroencephalogram (EEG) changes in the theta-frequency band correlated with inferior communication performance, probably because of decreased vigilance and attention. If replicated with ALS patients in CLIS, these positive results could indicate the first step towards abolition of complete locked-in states, at least for ALS.”

End of the quote.

This article is also  quoted at the Wyss Center site:

http://www.wysscenter.ch/en/brain-computer-interface-allows-completely-locked-in-people-to-communicate/

A Spanish news derivative version can be read from

http://www.elnuevodia.com/ciencia/ciencia/nota/interfazpuedeleerpensamientodepersonassincapacidaddecomunicar-2286474/

The Wyss Center also has a neurotech challenge:

http://www.wysscenter.ch/en/neurotech-challenge/

so MR going mainstream is a matter of time.

As mentioned many times before, Mind Retrieval is a promisory information retrieval paradigm. See our previous posts on this topic below:

https://irthoughts.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/artificial-neurons-ibm-and-mind-retrieval/

https://irthoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/a-step-closer-to-mind-retrieval/

https://irthoughts.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/say-hello-to-mind-retrieval/

https://ithinksearch.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/ideas-entrevista-a-edel-garcia/

 

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