The body-machine interface: A new perspective on an old theme

Maura Casadio, Rajiv Ranganathan, Ferdinando A. Mussa-Ivaldi*

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Body-machine interfaces establish a way to interact with a variety of devices, allowing their users to extend the limits of their performance. Recent advances in this field, ranging from computer interfaces to bionic limbs, have had important consequences for people with movement disorders. The authors provide an overview of the basic concepts underlying the body-machine interface with special emphasis on their use for rehabilitation and for operating assistive devices. They outline the steps involved in building such an interface and highlight the critical role of body-machine interfaces in addressing theoretical issues in motor control as well as their utility in movement rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-433
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of motor behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2012


  • brain-machine interface
  • dimensionality reduction
  • redundancy
  • rehabilitation
  • robotics
  • wheelchair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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