Virtual Reality (VR) helps disabled patients achieve partial recovery.

In Brain General Structure and Function, Brain Science, Brain Technology, Virtual Reality by Brainy Days Ahead

Their study’s purpose was to improve prosthetics and brain-controlled devices for the severely disabled patients. But scientists at Duke University have shown for the first time that long-term training with brain-machine interfaces also can lead to partial neurological recovery.

Eight patients who had suffered paralysis for at least one year as a result of spinal injury spent two hours a week controlling devices with their brain signals. They learned how to operate their own avatar in a virtual reality environment. Their brain activity was recorded and transmitted through non-invasive electrodes in fitted caps. After a year of training, both patients and doctors were amazed to find that some sensation and muscle control had been restored.