What exactly is Sensorimotor Neural Engineering? That is a very good question, and one that I get asked frequently. Inevitably when you meet someone you get to talking about what you do for a living, and if you work at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, it’s only natural for people to wonder what on Earth that is. Some people are polite about this, while others are more direct. A friend of mine, when I told him about the Center, asked, “Is that a real thing?” It might be interesting at some point to contemplate why my friends would accuse me of fabricating an entire field of study, but I’ll leave that exercise for some later date. For now, I will only say that, yes, in fact, Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is a real thing. Saying what exactly it is will take a little bit longer. Fortunately, that’s the sort of thing that I get paid to do, so I can afford to provide a description that is more than rearranging the word order.
In this Journal, Dr. Lise Johnson, CSNE university education manager and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, explores the concepts behind sensorimotor neural engineering and takes a closer look at CSNE research.