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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Jul 30, 2023

What does a virtual object feel like? Imagine this: depending on the stimulation waveform, it might feel like a blow of air, bumpy, smooth, or, like nothing at all. Intrigued? We thought you might be! Join our special BCI Award Neurocareers podcast series as we delve into the groundbreaking project "In virtualis re: An Intracortical Neurohaptic Interface in Virtual Reality." This revolutionary project introduces the first-ever application of VR in an implantable BCI development platform, using direct brain stimulation to provide neurohaptic feedback during virtual object interactions.

But wait, there's more! Virtual Reality not only opens doors for next-gen Brain-Computer Interfaces but also serves as a powerful experimental space for advanced cognitive neuroscience research and for understanding what our reality is. And leading us on this awe-inspiring journey is the brilliant and visionary Dr. Courtnie Paschall! A researcher, mentor, veteran, team builder, dreamer, and doer, Dr. Paschall's dedication to pushing the boundaries of neurohaptics, virtual reality, and brain-computer interfaces knows no bounds. Get ready to be captivated by her remarkable achievements, inspiring journey, and unwavering belief in neurotechnology's potential to shape the future (talk about using neurohaptic interface to control your avatar on Mars!).

In this riveting episode, Dr. Courtnie Paschall also shares her remarkable neurocareer journey. From her early inspirations in studying physics to her groundbreaking neurotechnology research and mentoring efforts, she unveils the pivotal moments that shaped her path in the world of neuroscience and neurotechnology.

But that's not all! As a previous BCI Award nominee herself, Dr. Paschall graciously imparts invaluable advice on submitting a successful BCI Award project. Whether you're an aspiring researcher or a seasoned neurotechnology enthusiast, her insights will undoubtedly illuminate the path to creating groundbreaking projects that push the boundaries of possibility. Tune in to discover the secrets of a successful BCI Award submission from the expert herself!

About the Podcast Guest:

During her PhD, Courtney Paschall embarked on groundbreaking research, building novel Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for individuals with neural devices. Her work enabled revolutionary cognitive neuroscience research and the development of brain-computer interfaces. Notably, Courtney constructed the world's first bidirectional VR-BCI integrated with intracranial electrodes, allowing individuals to control a VR avatar with their thoughts and even feel virtual objects through innovative "neurohaptic" technology. A project, “In virtualis re: An Intracortical NeuroHaptic Interface in Virtual Reality“ by Dr. Podschall and her team was nominated for the International Annual BCI Award in 2022.

Courtney's dedication to meaningful innovation and personal success extends beyond her research endeavors. She continues to mentor graduate, undergraduate, and high school neurotech researchers and remains actively involved in the NeuroTEC student group, which she co-founded at the University of Washington.

Any questions, ideas, or insights you'd like to discuss, feel free to contact Courtnie on LinkedIn at or by email at  -- Happy devving!

About the Podcast Host:

The Neurocareers podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches ( and its founder, Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D. (Dr. K), a neuroscience educator, research consultant, and career coach for students and recent graduates in neuroscience and neurotechnologies. As a professional coach with a background in the field, Dr. K understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing students in this field and can provide personalized coaching and support to help you succeed.

Here's what you'll get with one-on-one coaching sessions from Dr. K:

  • Identification and pursuit of career goals
  • Guidance on job search strategies, resume and cover letter development, and interview preparation
  • Access to a network of professionals in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnologies
  • Ongoing support and guidance to help you stay on track and achieve your goals

You can always schedule a free neurocareer consultation/coaching session with Dr. K at

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