Sunday, May 18, 2014

Primates in power chairs

"These behavioral results show that non-human primates are able to learn to navigate a powered wheelchair accurately through a real-world environment and that they are able to use the visual input of cues to guide the navigation," write Stephanie Etienne and her colleagues at the University of Bordeaux, who study neurodegenerative diseases. They used a new strategy of placing wheelchair-bound rhesus monkeys to further extrapolations based on the spatial navigation of rodents in real situations or human and nonhuman primates in virtual reality experiments.

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