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“Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces.

In "3 clues to understanding your brain" Vilayanur Ramachandran talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, (when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters).

Read about phantom limbs in case 3  from Ramachandran's NotebookListen to his lecture from the BBC

The PHANTOM Desktop and PHANTOM Omni haptic devices are true 3D interfaces with force feedback that enable designers and modelers to use their sense of touch to model with virtual clay just like real clay.

Using haptic technology to teach dental students how to drill teeth.

A demonstration of a haptic mouse.

Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion. Including an explanation of why you cannot tickle yourself.

Why you cannot tickle yourself.

 

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Tutis Vilis
Department of Physiology
and Pharmacology

University of Western Ontario
London Ontario Canada

Last updated: March 26, 2015
Comments welcome: tutis.vilis@schulich.uwo.ca