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Communicating with patients with disorders of consciousness by translating thoughts into light
Project Summaries
  • BrainsCAN , Western University, BrainsCAN , Western University
  • Keith St. Lawrence, Western University
  • Adrian Owen, Western University
  • Derek Debicki, Western University
  • Teneille Gofton, Western University
  • Daniel Milej, Western University

we intend to show, for the first time, that fNIRS can be used to reliably communicate with disorders of consciousness patients. There are many practical challenges to resolve (which are common to both fNIRS and EEG) such as involuntary movements by the patient, variability in consciousness itself, physical distortion in the head (such as from trauma) and a person's limited ability to perform repetitive mental tasks.

We will focus on patients who have already demonstrated by fMRI that they can perform motor imagery activation and plan to study up to 20 such patients over the course of a year.

Publication Date
Funding Program

BrainsCAN Accelerator Grant: Stimulus

Additional BrainsCAN Support

Imaging Core

Western Faculty, Group or Institution

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
BrainsCAN , Western University, Keith St. Lawrence, Adrian Owen, Derek Debicki, et al.. "Communicating with patients with disorders of consciousness by translating thoughts into light" London(2018)
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