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    Default Identify this type of neuroscientist:working with bionic eyes and telekinetic mo

    Essentially, I want to work in a field where I'll be sticking probes into brains . I've been thinking about transhumanism for about a year, and I believe this is the type of work I want to do.

    The Human-Techno Future: How Weird? How Soon?
    The Human-Techno Future: How Weird? How Soon?

    Brain control-Monkey
    YouTube - Brain control-Monkey

    The First Bionic Eye
    YouTube - The First Bionic Eye
    - I didn't know that was the *first* bionic eye (?)... I thought that there were more than eight patients who got machines hooked up to their brains, which allowed them to sense light, before this guy... hmm...

    The thing is, I've been searching about 'neuroscience' and I haven't quite narrowed it down. The field is so broad, so I'd like some help with planning my career path.

    1) Do you know what types of neuroscientists the ones in these videos are?
    2) What degrees do they have?
    3) What sort of career paths did they take? How long would it have been?

    I'm considering transferring to either University of Washington or Washington State University and taking "neuroscience" courses there, but until I know more about the field I want to get into, I really don't know how to navigate this.

    edit: I looked at the wikipedia entry for 'computational neuroscience' and I think that's the field... any help?
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    I just found out the field is in a part of biomedical engineering that produces 'neuroprosthetics'.
    Now I need to know what type of courses I need to take. I guess I'll need to start out by taking the engineer's path, and then getting a job as an engineer to help pay for my neuroscience courses. =/

    edit:
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/...post1063942997

    What minors and majors do you recommend to becoming a neural engineer?

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    I think I have to start out by getting into electrical engineering and chemical engineering.
    What minors and majors do you recommend?

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    The people working in this lab seem to be doing exactly what I want to do:
    http://www.cnel.ufl.edu/
    "CNEL research explores the principles that guide our ability to comprehend brain function, treat brain disorders, and ultimately to interface directly with the brain. Our researchers combine principles from machine learning, signal processing theory, and computational neuroscience to advance the science of engineering systems. On the horizon is a technological revolution, where machines can be controlled by the brain. We envision a time when brain and machine can interface through conscious thought, enabling normal function in cases of brain injury or disease."

    I'll have to decide between the University of Washington or Washington State University for computational neuroscience courses:
    http://futurestudents.wsu.edu/academ...castle?id=1701

    http://depts.washington.edu/pbiopage...ty_area_cn.php
    http://depts.washington.edu/pbiopage/doct_courses.php

    http://depts.washington.edu/behneuro...groups/cn.html
    Last edited by trapwater; 01-18-2010 at 11:38 AM.

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    medically very good information provided in this forum

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