How does mindfulness meditation change the brain?

What is mindfulness meditation? Meditation can be defined as a form of mental training that aims to improve an individual’s core psychological capacities, such as attentional and emotional self-regulation. Meditation encompasses a family of complex practices that include mindfulness meditation, mantra meditation, yoga, tai-chi and chi-gong. Of these practices, mindfulness meditation – often described as non-judgemental attention to present-moment experiences – has received most attention…

Left-hand vs. Right-hand finger tapping experiment

The aim of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is to improve the autonomy of people with severe motor disabilities by new communication and control options. It is commonly known that either if you perform a movement, or you think about actually doing this movement, the same area in the brain is activated. Therefore, the point with these…

Research with OpenBCI

In recent years, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have been steadily gaining ground in the market, used either as an implicit or explicit input method in computers for accessibility, entertainment or rehabilitation. Past research in BCI has profoundly neglected the human aspect in the loop, focusing mostly on the machine layer. Further, due to the high cost…

MI and ME-BCI Training with OpenBCI

MI-BCI training is based on visuo-motor imagination and together with other mental task imagination (e.g. mental subtraction, word association) is the only paradigm of endogenous nature that does not require external stimulation but only the user’s imaginative action. In addition, MI is considered the most importan type of BCI paradigm for motor function restoration. Results…

Two External Buttons on OpenBCI 32bit Board

Sometimes, when studying EEG or other biopotential signals, you will want to have precise timing between external events or stimulus and the data stream. For example, motor imagery based brain-computer interface (BCI) translates the subject’s motor intention into a control signal through real-time detection of characteristic EEG spatial distributions corresponding to motor imagination of different…