BCI NEUROTECHNOLOGY FOR NOVEL REHABILITATION APPROACHES IN STROKE-INDUCED COGNITIVE DEFECTS
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Dr. Michael Tangermann (Contact PI)
CogReha is an interdisciplinary collaborative project which translates neurotechnology methods into concrete neurological research questions. The main goal of the CogReha project is to develop and evaluate brain-computer interface (BCI) based assessment and training protocols for patients with cognitive deficits after stroke. After considering several types of cognitive deficits in the first phase of the project, CogReha has focussed on patients in the chronic state with language deficits (aphasia), for whom we have developed and implemented an auditory, BCI-based training protocol. During the training, patients receive feedback about their task-relevant brain activity. Feasibility and user acceptance of this protocol has been shown in a study with 20 normally aged controls. The effects of the language training upon stroke-induced aphasia currently is evaluated in an ongoing study. Here, stroke patients undergo several sessions of a novel BCI-supported training approach, while their language status is clinically assessed to compare pre- vs. post training status.
Data is still being collected from various patients. Analysis and evaluation are yet to be conducted. First study results will be available by the end of 2017.