Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Brief Introduction To Neuromechanics

Neuromechanics combines information and techniques from biomechanics, neurobiology, robotics, and sensation and perception. Scientists in this field study neural tissues, specifically their mechanical properties. Researchers are also concerned with the ability of neural tissues to take and give force, as well as how they can respond to trauma.

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Researchers primarily focus on the info among neuromuscular and skeletal systems, and the transformations it goes through. In fact, simulations have been done to connect computer models of neural circuits to virtual animal bodies.

A lot of what’s involved in the analysis of neuromechanics depend on the kinematics and dynamics of movement, the patterns of feedback (both motor and sensory) during movement, and both the synaptic and circuit organization of the brain responsible for motor control.

Some experts in the field do research on the mechanical stretch of cells, shear deformation of cell cultures (planar) and three-dimensional cell matrices. To understand all this can lead to the creation of more accurate functioning models.

Further research on neuromechanics can improve on treatment for patients suffering from physiological diseases or injuries. The future of neuroengineering, especially in this particular sub-field seems to be nothing but exciting indeed.

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Dr. Curtis Cripe is a neuroengineer who heads the Research and Development department of NTL group. Discover more about Dr. Cripe by following this Facebook page.