February 24, 2014

Brain stimulation at your fingertips

Stimulation glove for stroke patients improves sense of touch and motor skills

Learning an instrument, dancing ballet or reading braille – the golden rule for acquiring skills such as these is: practise, practise, practise. However, there are some things that the brain learns without any training at all. RUB researchers have demonstrated in several studies that perception and motor skills can be improved through repeated passive stimulation. Patients suffering from brain damage benefit from this approach. In collaboration with partners from the industry, the Bochum-based team is developing a stimulation glove which alleviates stroke impairments.