Bridging the Brain to the World: A Perspective on Neural Interface Systems

Neuron. 2008 Nov 6;60(3):511-21. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2008.10.037.


Neural interface (NI) systems hold the potential to return lost functions to persons with paralysis. Impressive progress has been made, including evaluation of neural control signals, sensor testing in humans, signal decoding advances, and proof-of-concept validation. Most importantly, the field has demonstrated that persons with paralysis can use prototype systems for spelling, "point and click," and robot control. Human and animal NI research is advancing knowledge about neural information processing and plasticity in healthy, diseased, and injured nervous systems. This emerging field promises a range of neurotechnologies able to return communication, independence, and control to people with movement limitations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bionics
  • Biosensing Techniques
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Communication Aids for Disabled
  • Humans
  • Man-Machine Systems*
  • Paralysis
  • Robotics
  • User-Computer Interface*