Electroencephalography (EEG) has a long and storied history dating back over 80 years. During this time, it has allowed us to gain great insight into the workings of the human brain, how we can modify its activity, and how it interacts with the world. However, despite numerous innovations in both analysis and recording over this period, it has nonetheless remained confined to an artificial laboratory setting due to bulky, expensive, and immobile equipment.
This has changed in recent years with the advent of cheap, portable headsets, opening EEG technology up for use in new arenas. EEG headsets can now be purchased by members of the general public and used at home, at school, at work, or even continuously throughout the day. Such accessibility can now allow this technology to be used for such things as advance prediction of seizures in epileptics, detection of mood episodes and anxiety attacks, day-to-day use of neuro-feedback therapies to improve concentration, and even to control casual video games.
However, these applications of EEG are fledgling, and mobile EEG has received very limited attention. A considerable body of exciting research is possible. Thus, one of PND’s primary objectives is research into how these ideas can be implemented, and methods of developing them into commercial products. We have research currently underway to gather real-world EEG data under a variety of conditions, both naturally occurring and induced by experimental paradigms built into our custom-designed smartphone-based software.