Brain-Computer Interface: Current and Emerging Rehabilitation Applications

  • Janis J. Daly
    Corresponding author Janis J. Daly, PhD, MS, Director, Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 151-A, 1601 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608.
    Brain Rehabilitation Research Program, McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence, Gainesville, FL

    North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
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  • Jane E. Huggins
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Program of Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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      A formal definition of brain-computer interface (BCI) is as follows: a system that acquires brain signal activity and translates it into an output that can replace, restore, enhance, supplement, or improve the existing brain signal, which can, in turn, modify or change ongoing interactions between the brain and its internal or external environment. More simply, a BCI can be defined as a system that translates “brain signals into new kinds of outputs.” After brain signal acquisition, the BCI evaluates the brain signal and extracts signal features that have proven useful for task performance. There are 2 broad categories of BCIs: implantable and noninvasive, distinguished by invasively and noninvasively acquired brain signals, respectively. For this supplement, we will focus on BCIs that use noninvasively acquired brain signals.


      List of abbreviations:

      AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), BCI (brain-computer interface), CNS (central nervous system), EEG (electroencephalography), fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), fNIRS (functional near infrared spectroscopy), tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation)
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