Creepy like 'Avatar' - Scientists use brain interface to control another monkey's movements

02/18/2014 - 00:00

By James Gallagher - 

The brain of one monkey has been used to control the movements of another, "avatar", monkey, US scientists report.

Brain scans read the master monkey's mind and were used to electrically stimulate the avatar's spinal cord, resulting in controlled movement.

The team hope the method can be refined to allow paralysed people to regain control of their own body.  The findings, published in Nature Communications, have been described as "a key step forward".