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Brain training strategy using motor imagery

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People who suffer from motor disabilities have often a cognitively intact brain and are able to generate movement plans, but cannot realize such movement. These individuals could interact with the world through a Brain Computer Interface (BCI). Even though research into BCI has been conducted for many years, there is still no reliable product. We believe that the key to developing a reliable BCI is an adequate brain training strategy. This thesis studies an innovative training strategy for the control of a BCI using repetition of motor imagery, the thought of moving a body part without performing the movement. Repetition of motor imagery is investigated, in 5 participants differentiating right and left hand moving thought. The results show that reaction time happens at 0.6sec and that some people are able to train their brains successfully to reliably use a BCI, whereas others cannot achieve this goal.
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