Cortical plasticity and brain computer interface

P. M. Rossini, M. A. Noris Ferilli, F. Ferreri

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There is increasing evidence to support the concept that adult brain has the remarkable ability to plastically reorganize itself. Brain plasticity involves distinct functional and structural components and plays a crucial role in reorganizing central nervous system's networks after any lesion in order to partly or totally restore lost and/or compromised functions. The idea that a computer can decode brain electromagnetic signals to infer the intentions of a human and then enact those intentions directly through a machine is becoming a reasonable technical possibility. In neurological patients unable to move and to communicate with the external environment, technologies implementing brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) can be of valuable aid and support. The emerging possibility, through neuro-imaging advanced techniques, to clarify some crucial issues underlying brain plasticity will give the possibility to modulate these mechanisms in a BCIoriented way. This approach may have a tremendous impact in a variety of neuropsychiatrie disorders and the clinical advent of this technology will usher in a new era of restorative medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Brain diseases
  • Electroencephalography
  • Magnetoencephalography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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