Exploring Two Alternative BCIs for Improving Alzheimer’s Disease Rehabilitation




Beaini, Fayez

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Neurodegenerative diseases affect the nervous system of the body, ultimately disturbing movement and or mental function where Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form [1]. Brain-computer interface (BCI) is a technology that allows for an alternative method to previous rehabilitation treatments that help improve human cognitive or sensory-motor functions [2]. Due to the crippling and progressive effects of AD, it gives way for the unique utilization of BCI technology to be used for rehabilitation. A standard BCI utilizes electroencephalography (EEG) stimuli to monitor brain activity to obtain relevant information [2]. These traditional BCIs, rely heavily on instrumental learning, and the users themselves, to assist and control their brain activation [3]. The purpose of this paper is to explore alternative BCIs, such as motor-imagery and emotion-based, to explain if these two alternative BCIs can help in improving AD rehabilitation.



Alzheimer's disease, Dementia