Minds and Machines
A conversation with Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel Nicolelis talks about his ever-deepening understanding of the way animal brains work as a direct product of his extensive experiments with rats, monkeys and humans, learning how to drive a wide variety of mechanical devices in the rapidly emerging field of brain-machine interfaces.

About Miguel Nicolelis:

Miguel Nicolelis is Anne W. Deane Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology at Duke University.

Some Additional Resources:
Beyond Boundaries

By Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Scientific American Brave New Brain

By Judith Horstman

A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.

TED talk with Miguel

Nicolelis Lab at Duke University

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Chapter 1: Whiskers and the Mind (00:01:49)

Chapter 2: From Operatic Rats to Medical Rehabilitation (00:10:21)

Chapter 3: Powering Robots with Monkey MInds (00:22:45)

Chapter 4: Against Reductionism (00:30:10)

Chapter 5: Tools, Plasticity and Cole Porter (00:40:48)

Chapter 6: Phantom Pain & Disturbing Astronauts (00:46:26)

Chapter 7: Modern Technology & Metaphysical Speculation (00:52:51)

Chapter 8: The Big Questions (01:01:58)