Geneva, Switzerland - In his new book 'Your brain knows more than you think', the neuroscientist Professor Niels Birbaumer, a Senior Research Fellow at the Wyss Center, in Geneva, Switzerland, investigates the limitless capacity of the brain to remould itself.
Co-authored with journalist Jörg Zittlau, the popular science book investigates how the brain's plasticity allows it to overcome almost any condition.
His research is with people who, through the progressive motor neuron disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), have locked-in syndrome leaving them completely paralyzed and motionless.
Above is the world's first letter written using the electrical activity of the brain by a patient.
Birbaumer is a pioneer in the use of brain computer interfaces for people with neurological disorders and his research encompasses the neurobiological basis of learning and behaviour.
He has been awarded numerous international prizes including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the Helmholtz Medal of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and many other honours including honorary doctorates.