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What major is this?

Asked by abhungal (12points) August 7th, 2010

I’ve been thinking about what major i wanted to do in college, and i stumbled upon something i would really enjoy. It has to do with linking organismic biology integrated with technology. I believe it’s a branch of neuroscience, but I’m not 100% sure. Here’s a link for an example of what I’m talking about:

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Ame_Evil's avatar

Cognitive Neuroscience is probably your best bet. It involves using neuroscience procecdures (such as fMRI, TMS, EEG) to work out what parts of the brain do what. Current break throughs include sort of working backwards from where we are now – for example that webpage; or in one article I read last year where they were using fMRI and some certain software to put an image on a computer of some letters on a screen that participants were looking at. So they were looking at say the letter L and it appeared on the screen just by using fMRI and software.

If you are interested in that field I would do some research before jumping in as not all of it is ground breaking like that, and I find it hard to believe you will be doing any of that in a college or at least anything before post graduate.

Hope I helped. I have been trying to find that article but I cannot, sorry :(

hug_of_war's avatar

neuroscience or biomedical engineering. Beware regardless of major you’ll need an advanced degree to do this type of work past a bachelor’s.

gasman's avatar

The article you link to is called “Man Controls Robotic Hand with Thoughts.” This is probably best described as biomedical engineering. If you want to understand every level of technology involved, you’d have to have training in engineering (mechanical and electrical), neurosciences, and computer science. Neuroscience itself involves biology, biochemistry, physics, psychology, neurology (a branch of medicine), information theory (a branch of mathematics), etc. There’s always overlap and fuzzy boundaries.

This development was created by a “team of scientists”, i.e., some combination of experts in pure and applied sciences, where everybody brings a different set of knowledge and skills—a project considered beyond the capability of a single individual.

The point is, I think it’s the wrong approach to choose a major aimed at a particular project or a narrow field of research. Conventional wisdom would be to choose a general type of undergraduate degree (engineering, art & sciences, agriculture) with a readily available major (electrical engineering, biochemistry) and then follow your interests during undergrad, with the option to super-specialize as a graduate student.

It’s possible to get multi-disciplinary degrees, but that’s the exception rather than the rule, and has to be offered by the university. If you’re very smart and very driven, you might bend the rules. What comes to mind is “puzzle-master” Will Schortz, who convinced the University of Indiana to invent a new major dubbed Enigmatology.

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MaryW's avatar

Biomechanics would be life long study in multiple areas and after time you would have to to be valuable enough to be mentored. So choose a science major you love and start from there.

abhungal's avatar

thanks everyone
the link i provided was merely an example of work i would like to have done,
but I just needed to know the majors involved with that type of work.
The answers were really helpful, so thanks again

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