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Direct brain interface between humans demonstrated

Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language?

[brain-to-brain interface demonstration]
In this photo, students , left, and are positioned in two different buildings on campus as they would be during a brain-to-brain interface demonstration. The sender, left, thinks about firing a cannon at various points throughout a computer game. That signal is sent over the Web directly to the brain of the receiver, right, whose hand hits a touchpad to fire the cannon.
Credit: Mary Levin, U of Wash.


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Other UW co-authors are Joseph Wu of computer science and engineering; and of bioengineering; and Matthew Bryan, formerly of the UW.

The research published in PLOS ONE was initially funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and the UW, with additional support from the Keck Foundation.

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