March 3, 2016 9:55 AM EST

Sometimes it’s okay for scientists to monkey around. That’s particularly true of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University, whose team has published research showing they’ve found a way to enable monkeys to control a wheelchair with the power of their thoughts.

While Nicolelis’ team could seemingly use their findings to build a fleet of bionic super-primates, their true goal is a more noble one: Finding ways to help paralyzed people regain their mobility with the help of artificial limbs.

Here’s the abstract of the study, published March 3 in the journal Scientific Reports:

[H/T Gizmodo]

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com.

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