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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Aug 20, 2023

Ever wondered about the possibility of harnessing the power of silent speech, using only the activity of your brain? Consider the transformative impact this could have on the lives of individuals who are unable to communicate through traditional means. Welcome back to “Neurocareers: Doing the Impossible!" BCI Award podcast series! Prepare for an extraordinary journey into the forefront of neurotechnology, where innovation knows no bounds.

Delve into a future where communication transcends the limitations of severe paralysis. Today's episode unveils another astonishing project from the Laboratory of Dr. Edward Chang. Building upon the groundbreaking work, we explored previously with Dr. David Moses and the award-winning 2021 project "A direct-speech BCI for decoding words and sentences in a person with severe paralysis and anarthria," we're about to embark on a journey that takes us even further.

Imagine the innovative field of neurotechnologies with “Highly generalizable spelling achieved using a silent-speech BCI in a person with severe anarthria.” This remarkable project secured the third spot in the BCI Award competition in 2022 and graced the pages of Nature Communications the same year.

Join us as we unlock the secrets of silent-speech BCI with our exceptional guest, Sean Metzger. A visionary PhD candidate at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley, Sean's passion for research, programming, and machine learning has led him to explore groundbreaking machine learning techniques for decoding speech from neural activity.

And there's more: Sean will also share the process of crafting a successful BCI Award submission and provide career advice that empowers aspiring neurotechnologists to reach new heights.

Tune in now to explore the world of silent-speech BCI and the boundless possibilities it unlocks. Join Sean Metzger on an inspirational journey through his career trajectory and discover the transformative potential of cutting-edge neurotechnologies!

About the Podcast Guest:

Sean Metzger is a visionary PhD candidate known for his exceptional contributions to the field of neurotechnology. With a strong focus on brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), Sean's work revolves around harnessing the power of brain activity to enable silent communication. His pioneering efforts have led him to explore innovative machine learning techniques that decode speech patterns from neural activity, opening new avenues for individuals unable to communicate through traditional means. Sean's dedication to advancing neurotechnologies is evidenced by his involvement in the groundbreaking paper titled "Highly generalizable spelling using a silent-speech BCI in a person with severe anarthria," published in Nature Communications.

Explore Sean's remarkable journey and cutting-edge work as he pushes the boundaries of neurotechnology!

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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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