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MIT Research News

May 30, 2018

Surgical technique improves sensation, control of prosthetic limb

New study describes first human implementation of novel approach to limb amputation.

Helen Knight | MIT Media Lab

Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements.

Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their ability to accurately control their movements.