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Using brain–computer interfaces to induce neural plasticity and restore function

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Grosse-Wentrup,  M
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Grosse-Wentrup, M., Mattia, D., & Oweiss, K. (2011). Using brain–computer interfaces to induce neural plasticity and restore function. Journal of Neural Engineering, 8(2), 1-5. doi:10.1088/1741-2560/8/2/025004.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-BC38-8
Abstract
Analyzing neural signals and providing feedback in real-time is one of the core characteristics of a brain-computer interface (BCI). As this feature may be employed to induce neural plasticity, utilizing BCI-technology for therapeutic purposes is increasingly gaining popularity in the BCI-community. In this review, we discuss the state-of-the-art of research on this topic, address the principles of and challenges in inducing neural plasticity by means of a BCI, and delineate the problems of study design and outcome evaluation arising in this context. The review concludes with a list of open questions and recommendations for future research in this field.