Interview Compilations

Finding a direct link to a patient's brain
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Assessing quality of life Quality of life is an important concept when interacting with patients. While most people assume that quality of life must be poor for patients with locked-in syndrome, Dr. Birbaumer challenges these assumptions and tries to answer this basic... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:04:12
Communicating with a locked in patient A brain–computer interface (BCI) is often viewed as a possible path to communicate with totally locked in patients. However, Dr. Birbaumer points out that prolonged complete paralysis might cause the extinction of volitional thinking due to the... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:03:06
Decoding intentions Decoding an intention from brain activity is a very difficult problem. Unlike invasive methods, which can often map brain activity quite well to particular actions (like motor movements), non-invasive methods based on EEG have to deal with numerous... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:05:12
EEG frequencies Professor Niels Birbaumer explains how they use different measures like EEG, MEG, etc. to measure different frequencies of brain waves. He explains how the different techniques allow access to different ranges of brainwaves and how obtaining such... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:02:18
Ethical implications Dr. Niels Birbaumer discusses the ethical decisions that face patients, caregivers, and medical personnel when dealing with extreme situations like end stages of cancer or complete paralysis of the body. Decisions such as accepting or withholding... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:07:03
Event related brain potentials Event related potentials (ERPs) are based on the measurement of brain responses created by specific activation within the brain as a response to an external or internal event. Dr. Niels Birbaumer explains that today's brain-computer interfaces... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:02:41
Future applications of BCI Brain-Computer interfaces (BCIs) are designed to enable a direct connection between the brain and a computer. Dr. Birbaumer discusses the future applications of this technology in different fields and its usefulness in the treatment of neurological... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:02:53
Historic roots of BCI The roots of non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) research lie in work done in the field of neurofeedback. Most of the clinical BCI studies with human patients use biofeedback based on EEG oscillations or event-related brain potentials.... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:05:26
Movement restoration after stroke Stroke patients often lose the ability to control parts of their body. Dr. Birbaumer discusses how science and technology have been working together to help such patients regain control of their limbs. His research with brain-computer interfaces (... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:08:02
Neurofeedback in psychiatric disorders Dr. Birbaumer has investigated the use of neuro-feedback techniques in the treatment of different psychiatric disorders. In psychopaths and in chronic schizophrenic patients he has seen encouraging improvements by training patients to increase or... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:03:52