Implants for Brainspotting

In Brainspotting I write about the possibility of directly intervening in neural signals. Now Benedict Carey writes about a monkey experiment in direct brain stimulation in the New York Times. In this work, the monkey actually improved their performance, under certain conditions, when an implant short-circuited two parts of the brain together with just the right signals.  This begs the question, if we could talk to the monkeys, just how does it feel? Do they feel like they are better at the matching game, or do they feel themselves completing the matching steps before they’ve had a chance to think about it? Time for good old-fashioned epistemology debating, with a twist. Is that my brain I’m observing or a machine? And just what am I in charge of?

 

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