Brain-Computer Interface for Communication (60 Minutes10/31)

A local support group member sent me this link to an amazing “60 Minutes” segment from last Sunday called “Brain Power.” A man with ALS (diagnosed in ’99) and a woman who had a stroke — both of whom are “locked-in” (fully functioning minds locked in disabled bodies) — are shown using their thoughts to communicate and use a computer. The man, Dr. Scott Mackler*, is a neuroscientist who is still able to run a research lab at the University of Pennsylvania. The woman also uses her mind to operate a wheelchair. It’s incredible.

The link is: (you may have to cut and paste to get the link to fit on one line) … 0940.shtml


* Someone on an MSA-related discussion group posted these two links for previous media coverage of Dr. Mackler: … Doc?id=198