Scientist Provide Rats with Supernatural Sensory System

April 4, 2015 11:19 PM

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Researcher Yuji Ikegaya and Hiroaki Norimoto from the University of Tokyo have performed an experiment in which they have provided a series of rats with geomagnetic prosthetics. The eyes of the rats were sealed shut so that the spatial information should reach the brains of the rats directly. The newly published paper is called “Visual Cortical Prosthesis with a Geomagnetic Compass Restores Spatial Navigation in Blind Rats”.

The goal of the researchers was to stimulate the visual cortex in the brains of the rats in order to restore the heterocentric sense of blind adults. In order to reach what they had planned the scientist designed a small head-mounted sensor consisting of a digital compass linked to a microstimulator...

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