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Front Psychol. 2017 Jan 31;8:105. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00105. eCollection 2017.

The Hypothesis of Connecting Two Spinal Cords as a Way of Sharing Information between Two Brains and Nervous Systems.

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Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Vila Franca de XiraVila Franca de Xira, Portugal; Institute of Pharmacology and Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of LisbonLisbon, Portugal; Unit of Neurosciences, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of LisbonLisbon, Portugal.

Abstract

Direct communication between different nervous systems has been recently reported through Brain-to-Brain-Interfaces and brainet. Closed loops systems between the brain and the spinal cord from the same individual have also been demonstrated. However, the connection between different nervous systems through the spinal cord has not yet been considered. This paper raises the hypothesis that connecting two spinal cords (spinal cord - spinal cord connection) is an indirect mean for communication of two brains and a direct way of communication between two nervous systems. A concept of electrical fingerprint of a drug is introduced. The notion of connection between two parts of the same spinal cord to treat a paraplegic patient is also introduced. Possible applications of this technique are discussed in the context of psychology, psychiatry and mental health. Also, it is discussed that external information injected to a spinal cord as well as spinal cord - spinal cord connection can become new tools to (1) study the physiology of the nervous system, (2) model specific behaviors, (3) study and model disease traits (4) treat neuropsychiatric disorders and (5) share information between two nervous systems.

KEYWORDS:

brain-to-brain interface; spinal cord stimulation; spinal cord – spinal cord connection; spinal cord – spinal cord interface

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