Now, the team behind the miraculous feat — the Walk Again Project — is back with an even more astonishing report. With a year of intense brain training, eight paraplegics regained partial sensation and voluntary control of their paralyzed body areas, despite having spinal cord injuries that were previously diagnosed as irreversible.
“We began to see signs of plasticity in their cortical function,” says Nicolelis. “Our interpretation of these changes is that we were documenting the reassertion of a representation in the patient’ brains of the lower limbs and their movement.” In other words, the brain realized that the “lost” body parts were back online, and established new neural networks to regain control.
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