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
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
Niels Birbaumer - Brain Computer Interfaces Completely locked-in patients have lost the ability to interact with their environment through behavioral means. They are unable to control muscle movements to produce speech, gestures, or even eye-movements to indicate yes-no answers to questions... Niels Birbaumer
Steady state evoked potentials Dr. Birbaumer describes the basic idea behind steady-state evoked potentials as a mechanism to measure an attended stimulus in a person. When attending a flickering visual stimulus, the measurable brain activity often follows the same frequency as... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:01:27
What is a BCI? Brain computer interfaces are tools which use brain activity in humans or animals to activate external devices without having to rely on motor responses. Dr. Birbaumer emphasizes its utility for paralyzed patients because of its ability to bypass... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:05:22