Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into The Brains Of Monkeys

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Two neuroscientists at the University of Rochester say they have managed to introduce information directly into the premotor cortex of monkeys‘ brains. This new research could eventually help people who have had strokes.

The researchers published the results of the experiment on Thursday in the journal Neuron. Although the research is preliminary and carried out in just two monkeys, the researchers speculated that further research and studies might lead to brain implants for people with strokes.

“You could potentially bypass the damaged areas and deliver stimulation to the premotor cortex,” said Kevin A. Mazurek, a co-author of the study. “That could be a way to bridge parts of the brain that can no longer communicate.”

According to the New York Times, in order to study the premotor cortex of monkeys, Dr. Mazurek and his co-author, Dr. Marc H. Schieber, trained two rhesus monkeys to play a game. The monkeys sat in front of a panel equipped with a button, a sphere-shaped knob, a cylindrical knob, and a T-shaped handle. Each object was ringed by LED lights. If the lights around an object switched on, the monkeys had to reach out their hand to it to get a reward — in this case, a refreshing squirt of water.

Each object required a particular action. If the button glowed, the monkeys had to push it. If the sphere glowed, they had to turn it. If the T-shaped handle or cylinder lit up, they had to pull it. After the monkeys learned how to play the game, Dr. Mazurek and Dr. Schieber had them play a wired version. The scientists placed 16 electrodes in each monkey’s brain, in the premotor cortex. Each time a ring of lights switched on, the electrodes transmitted a short, faint burst of electricity. The patterns varied according to which object the researchers wanted the monkeys to manipulate. As the monkeys played more rounds of the game, the rings of light dimmed. At first, the dimming caused the monkeys to make mistakes. But then their performance improved. Eventually the lights went  out completely, yet the monkeys were able to use only the signals from the electrodes in their brains to pick the right object and manipulate it for the reward. And they did just as well as with the lights. This hints that the sensory regions of the brain, which process information from the environment, can be bypassed altogether. The brain can devise a response by receiving information directly, via electrodes.  –The New York Times

Neurologists have long known that applying electric current to certain parts of the brain can make people involuntarily jerk certain parts of their bodies, however, this isn’t what these monkeys experienced.  Dr. Mazurek and Dr. Schieber were able to rule out this possibility by seeing how short they could make the pulses. With a jolt as brief as a fifth of a second, the monkeys could still master the game without the lights without the jerking about.

The stimulation must be producing some conscious perception,” said Paul Cheney, a neurophysiologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who was not involved in the new study.  Dr. Schieber speculated that someday scientists might be able to use such advanced electrodes to help people who suffer brain damage. Strokes, for instance, can destroy parts of the brain along the pathway from sensory regions to areas where the brain makes decisions and sends out commands to the body. Implanted electrodes might eavesdrop on neurons in healthy regions, such as the visual cortex, and then forward information into the premotor cortex.

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  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Let’s inject electrical impulses into “scientist”‘ brains and see what happens. Let’s start w/ 440kv @ oh, about…..say 1200 amps or so. Get the weenies&s’mores fixins ready, we’re havin’ a COOKOUT.

  • idontknow

    Woah! I know kung fu…

    • NonYo Business

      Or… Whoa, they fuked my brain up.

  • YeahRightOkay

    …good start at replacing the snowflake generation…

    • Simon says

      that is what they are programming…no more thinking…millennials are leading the curve

      • darkhorse

        it’s the millenials that ARE the monkeys in the photo…

    • Jimmy Yost

      Yeah. They should try it on the snowflakes next. And then on the flat earthers. And then on all of the false prophets on YouTube. And then o all of the members of Congress and the Senate.

  • anonymous4u4me

    Now we know where the CIA hid the information on the missing torture documents.

  • Undecider

    That’s the biggest fallacy here. Information is stored all over the body but in the most dense (cellularly) organs. The brain, while it contains memory, is primarily a coordination center. Focusing on the brain is a waste of time and so are head transplants.

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    I wonder how much torturing monkeys pays? Probably not as much as setting kittens on fire or bashing in puppy’s heads but it’s probably a living wage.

    • Rift

      It’s not torture when you put the woRd “science ” in front of it. What other profession can you trick other people into giving you money to abuse animals . Funny to me how excited they manage to get over a very expensive way to teach a monkey how to flip a switch.

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Hell. I can teach a big ol’ mean bull to follow me around like a puppy. Total cost? A dollar bag of butterscotch candy. No torture involved.

        These people have no souls. They are evil.

    • Peter Clifford

      Yeah that’s right!

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Hey Pete.

        How goes your spring down there? We’re 9 days out from the solstice and we’ve not had a drop of rain since September. Building a fence and the ground is bone dry more than 3 feet down.

        Maybe we should sell those monkeys to some witches so they could sacrifice them to a rain god or something?

        • Peter Clifford

          Very Hot 31°C (87.8°F) I feel like I’m cooking! Our summer get’s REAL HOT so hot that the hot breeze STINGS and BURNS your skin!

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Yeah. I hear ya on that. We get some real bone-scorchers up here in Kansas, too.

            Been mild here for the most part… so far. People still runnin’ around in shorts. We’re going to pay for it though. Probably an ice storm.

  • Cinderella Man

    Wow talk about some Planet of the apes shit

  • tonye

    It didn’t work with Hillary.

    She held out for lots more money and vodka. Water didn’t do that trick.