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Neural Feedback

Neural Feedback is an occasionally used long-form term of Neurofeedback, or NFB. Another occasionally used term is Neurobiofeedback. Neural feedback is a process of direct modification to the thought patterns or brain waves of an individual's brain. Any method of direct brain interface may be involved, whether EEG, one of the ECoG varieties or even a deep brain implant.

The specifics of the interface do not matter, except in that neurofeedback a direct input connection to the brain is mandated. The focus is thus exclusively on the central nervous system itself.

A stimulus is then prese3nted to the person, which requires direct modification of some aspect of their brain's function in order to complete. In the case of an EEG or ECoG, it may be a shifting from Alpha brainwaves to Theta, or a modulation of Alpha brainwaves. In the case of a deep brain implant it is usually a particular thought pattern that is desired.

As the thoughts of the individual shift closer to the desired result, so progress on the exercise visually improves. If the brain activity backtracks, progress immediately visibly decreases.

Other than its obvious use as an associative training tool, neurofeedback is also used in some full immersion systems, in order to monitor direct brain activity results from certain embodiment scenarios. For example, placing the individual's self frustum in a body of the opposite sex, or a different ethnic group (or both), and observing in real-time how that person's cognitive processes change in reaction.

See Also: Virtual Embodiment, Embodiment, EEG, ECoG, MEG, Micro-ECoG, Neuroprosthetic, Neural Oscillation, Brain Computer Interface, Brain Machine Interface, Brainwave Baseline, Neuroenhancement

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Packbot to gain Haptic Feedback
In October 2009, iRobot announced that they would be receiving additional funding from the US Robotics Technology Consortium. They plan to use much of this money to add full haptic feedback technology to their heavy-duty robots.

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Vehicle Control with Neural Networks
An excellent, easy-to-follow look at using neural networks to control the movement of AI vehicles (or dragons, or whatever). Includes careful break down of how neural networks work, and carries a gradual learning curve upwards.

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Neural Reader vs Neurostimulator
Neural readers and neurostimulators. You will never encounter two more opposing types of brain prosthesis. It is ironic then, that these two are perhaps the most frequently confused, by the lay-person.

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The First Neural-Jack?
Japanese researchers have created the very first, incredibly crude, neural-jack interface, a distant ancestor of those seen in cyberpunk and the Matrix films, but of the same lineage all the same.

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Large Image Display: Sol Bianca: F-310 Mega-Arms Neural Interface Gun
An in-depth technical look at the neural-controlled weapon in Sol Bianca. How it would actually function, and the basics of how we would go about recreating it in functional form, from technology available today.

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Introduction to Neural Networks
This lengthy article, compiled from a set of slides, gives an excellent overview of neural networks, without delving into too much depth. Excellent for an intro.

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A Modular Framework for Artificial Intelligence Based on Stimulus Response Directives
Neural networks are one of the best techniques available, for modelling a mind. However, they are also processing-intensive, and somewhat uncontrollable at their current technological level. This article concentrates on using directive sets, rather than neural nets, to create realistic, task driven behaviour.


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Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified neurons in the songbird brain that convey the auditory feedback needed to learn a song.

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Location: Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

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