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Monkey Mind Control

20 February 2014 3:30 pm
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Monkey Mind Control

Wikimedia Commons/Photo by J.M. Garg

A mind-boggling new study published this week in Nature Communications describes how researchers have found a way for one monkey to control the movements of another with its mind. Using two rhesus macaques, scientists implanted a chip into the brain of the “master” monkey that could convert its brain activity and send electrical impulses into the spine of a sedated primate, The Scientist reports. In one experiment, the master macaque was able to move a cursor by controlling a joystick in the hand of the sedated primate. The researchers believe the findings hold hope for paralyzed humans.

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