Electroencephalography (EEG) records the electrical activity naturally produced by the brain. This activity echoes the ongoing processes that stem from the brain performing even the simplest tasks, like perceiving a picture, making a decision or moving a limb. In clinical contexts, EEG is heavily used to monitor the normal activity of the brain, as well as the activity that may reflect signs of disorders, such as epilepsy. Researchers use this technique to measure the sequence of processes that give rise to particular cognitive abilities, such as orienting one’s attention to objects in the environment.
This technique is non-invasive and easily used with a wide range of populations, from babies to the elderly. Researchers at CINN typically use this technique to study visual perception, emotions, as well as our ability to understand language. We also use EEG to inform the design of the next generation of brain-computer interfaces, which will allow us to control our environment with our thoughts.
The CINN, at the School of Psychology and Language Sciences, use different setups, including top of the range scientific grade equipment and ambulatory systems used to study cognition outside of the labs. We also routinely combine EEG with fMRI and TMS. We have a longstanding R&D relationship with Brain Products.