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      A P300 Brain-Computer Interface Paradigm Based on Electric and Vibration Simple Command Tactile Stimulation


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          This paper proposed a novel tactile-stimuli P300 paradigm for Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), which potentially targeted at people with less learning ability or difficulty in maintaining attention. The new paradigm using only two types of stimuli was designed, and different targets were distinguished by frequency and spatial information. The classification algorithm was developed by introducing filters for frequency bands selection and conducting optimization with common spatial pattern (CSP) on the tactile evoked EEG signals. It features a combination of spatial and frequency information, with the spatial information distinguishing the sites of stimuli and frequency information identifying target stimuli and disturbances. We investigated both electrical stimuli and vibration stimuli, in which only one target site was stimulated in each block. The results demonstrated an average accuracy of 94.88% for electrical stimuli and 95.21% for vibration stimuli, respectively.

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            This paper describes the development and testing of a system whereby one can communicate through a computer by using the P300 component of the event-related brain potential (ERP). Such a system may be used as a communication aid by individuals who cannot use any motor system for communication (e.g., 'locked-in' patients). The 26 letters of the alphabet, together with several other symbols and commands, are displayed on a computer screen which serves as the keyboard or prosthetic device. The subject focuses attention successively on the characters he wishes to communicate. The computer detects the chosen character on-line and in real time. This detection is achieved by repeatedly flashing rows and columns of the matrix. When the elements containing the chosen character are flashed, a P300 is elicited, and it is this P300 that is detected by the computer. We report an analysis of the operating characteristics of the system when used with normal volunteers, who took part in 2 experimental sessions. In the first session (the pilot study/training session) subjects attempted to spell a word and convey it to a voice synthesizer for production. In the second session (the analysis of the operating characteristics of the system) subjects were required simply to attend to individual letters of a word for a specific number of trials while data were recorded for off-line analysis. The analyses suggest that this communication channel can be operated accurately at the rate of 0.20 bits/sec. In other words, under the conditions we used, subjects can communicate 12.0 bits, or 2.3 characters, per min.
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              Brain-machine interface in chronic stroke rehabilitation: a controlled study.

              Chronic stroke patients with severe hand weakness respond poorly to rehabilitation efforts. Here, we evaluated efficacy of daily brain-machine interface (BMI) training to increase the hypothesized beneficial effects of physiotherapy alone in patients with severe paresis in a double-blind sham-controlled design proof of concept study. Thirty-two chronic stroke patients with severe hand weakness were randomly assigned to 2 matched groups and participated in 17.8 ± 1.4 days of training rewarding desynchronization of ipsilesional oscillatory sensorimotor rhythms with contingent online movements of hand and arm orthoses (experimental group, n = 16). In the control group (sham group, n = 16), movements of the orthoses occurred randomly. Both groups received identical behavioral physiotherapy immediately following BMI training or the control intervention. Upper limb motor function scores, electromyography from arm and hand muscles, placebo-expectancy effects, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) blood oxygenation level-dependent activity were assessed before and after intervention. A significant group × time interaction in upper limb (combined hand and modified arm) Fugl-Meyer assessment (cFMA) motor scores was found. cFMA scores improved more in the experimental than in the control group, presenting a significant improvement of cFMA scores (3.41 ± 0.563-point difference, p = 0.018) reflecting a clinically meaningful change from no activity to some in paretic muscles. cFMA improvements in the experimental group correlated with changes in fMRI laterality index and with paretic hand electromyography activity. Placebo-expectancy scores were comparable for both groups. The addition of BMI training to behaviorally oriented physiotherapy can be used to induce functional improvements in motor function in chronic stroke patients without residual finger movements and may open a new door in stroke neurorehabilitation. Copyright © 2013 American Neurological Association.

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                Front Hum Neurosci
                Front Hum Neurosci
                Front. Hum. Neurosci.
                Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                14 April 2021
                : 15
                : 641357
                [1] 1Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, Academy for Engineering and Technology, Fudan University, as well as Engineering Research Center of AI & Robotics, Ministry of Education , Shanghai, China
                [2] 2Guanghua Lingang Engineering Application and Technology R&D (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. , Shanghai, China
                [3] 3Jihua Laboratory , Guangzhou, China
                [4] 4Department of the State Key Laboratory of Reliability and Intelligence of Electrical Equipment and The Hebei Key Laboratory of Robot Perception and Human-Robot Interaction, Hebei University of Technology , Tianjin, China
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                Edited by: Tiago Henrique Falk, Université du Québec, Canada

                Reviewed by: Rupert Ortner, g.tec medical engineering Spain S.L., Spain; Abdelkader Nasreddine Belkacem, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates

                *Correspondence: Shijie Guo, guoshijie@ 123456fudan.edu.cn

                These authors share first authorship

                This article was submitted to Brain-Computer Interfaces, a section of the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

                Copyright © 2021 Chu, Luo, Tian, Han and Guo.

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                : 14 December 2020
                : 09 March 2021
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                brain-computer interface,vibro-tactile stimuli,electro-tactile stimuli,p300 paradigm,spatial-frequency paradigm


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