Scientists have used the brain’s electrical activity to explain why some people can do things that people with a ‘normal’ brain do not do.
In a paper published today in Nature Neuroscience, the team describes how the brain works in a way that is different to the way most people see it.
“The brain is a giant, intricate machinery that’s hardwired into the human brain, but in the modern world, it’s not even remotely analogous,” lead researcher Dr John Deakin, from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Neurobiology, told news.com.au.
The researchers wanted to understand why certain people, such as those with Parkinson’s disease, cannot move their arms in a normal manner. “
We wanted to look at the brain in a completely different way, and see if we could explain why this is.”
The researchers wanted to understand why certain people, such as those with Parkinson’s disease, cannot move their arms in a normal manner.
“If you put a hammer on a stone, it doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere,” Dr Deakin said.
“But if you put the hammer on the stone, you start to feel a certain vibration, and that vibration is caused by the way that the brain organises the connections of the nerves in the hand.”
He said that if you could control that vibration by controlling your brain activity, then the human hand would look a lot like the robot hand that was built in the 1960s.
The team’s results show that the ‘no-brain’ people, who cannot feel a finger tapping on their forearm, do not feel like they have a brain.
Rather, the researchers explain that their brain “moves” by sending signals through the nervous system to the muscles in the forearm.
“When we look at a finger, we see that we can feel the way a finger feels, and when we look into the eye, we know that we have a visual system,” Dr deakin said, adding that the scientists were using the term “no brain” to refer to people with no physical neurological deficits.
“It’s a brain-like system.
There’s no such thing as a ‘neurological brain’.
It’s a network of connections that are connected through neurons, and they all work together.”
Dr dehakins team said their study showed that the function of the brain was not dependent on how well it functions.
“There are lots of people with neurological diseases who have very different functions from those that are normally present in people,” he said.
Dr deakins team has already shown that this difference is present in the brains of people who are blind, and their work showed that this could explain how the blind could use their sight to see things.
“In the blind, there’s no visual system to tell them how to move their fingers, and to tell the brain that ‘this is a good finger, and this is not a good one’,” he said, noting that this was important to understanding the function and mechanisms of the “no-observed” brain.
“This is one of the reasons that we want to find out what these people are thinking and feeling, so that we could understand why they have these disorders.”
This study could lead to treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, and help to identify the specific ways in which these people might respond to drugs, such an Alzheimer’s drug.
“Understanding what these brain systems do is very important, because that’s where we can see how we can help people with these disorders,” Dr dakin said of his research.
“What we’re doing now is a kind of ‘witnessing’ of what they’re experiencing.”