Nov 5, 2018

Dynamic Electrical Stimulation of Sites in Visual Cortex Produces Form Vision in Sighted and Blind Humans

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Michael S BeauchampDaniel Yoshor


Visual cortical prosthetics (VCPs) offer the promise of restoring sight to blind patients. Electrical stimulation of a single site in visual cortex can reliably produce a percept of a spot of light in a fixed visual field location, known as a phosphene. Researchers developing VCPs have assumed that multiple phosphenes produced by concurrent stimulation of multiple sites in visual cortex can combine to form a coherent form, like pixels in a visual display. However, existing data do not support this assumption. Therefore, we developed a novel stimulation paradigm for VCPs termed dynamic current steering in which the visual form to be conveyed is traced on the surface of visual cortex by electrically stimulating electrodes in a dynamic sequence. When tested in sighted and blind subjects, this method of stimulating visual cortex allowed for the immediate recognition of a variety of letter shapes without training and with high accuracy.

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