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Single-Unit Responses in Somatosensory Cortex to Precision Grip of Textured Surfaces

Abstract In the past decade, research on the motor control side of neuroprosthetics has steadily gained momentum. However, modern research in prosthetic development supplements a focus on motor control with a concentration on sensory feedback. Simulating sensation is a central issue because without sensory capabilities, the sophistication of the most advanced motor control system fails to reach its full potential. This research is an effort toward the development of sensory feedback specifically for neuroprosthetic hands. The present aim of this work is to understand the processing and representation of cutaneous sensation by evaluating performance and neural activity in somatosensory cortex (SI) during a grasp task. A non-human primate (Macaca mula... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Naufel, Stephanie (Author) / Helms Tillery, Stephen I (Advisor) / Santos, Veronica J (Advisor) / Buneo, Christopher A (Committee member) / Robert, Jason S (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biomedical Engineering / Ethics / bioethics / neuroprosthetics / rhesus macaque / somatosensory cortex
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 78 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Bioengineering 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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