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Hacking the brain with open-source EEG and neurofeedback


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What is neurofeedback? Why open-source? How can we use it?

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Hacking the brain with open-source EEG and neurofeedback

  1. 1. My explorations of neurofeedback Juraj Bednár
  2. 2. 2 The importance of N=1 We might look like we are very similar. We actually make this assumption when thinking about other people. Just remember yourself 20 years ago. And that’s the same person!
  3. 3. 3 Becoming cyborgs: transhumanism Taking the evolution into our own hands! (Literally, here in Prague in Paralelní Polis)
  4. 4. 4 Body & Brain Body is not just a vessel to carry our brain. We will redefine what it means to be human ...and it§s
  5. 5. 5 Feedback loops for learning Try learning juggling: ● With your eyes closed ● With your eyes open ● With a mirror Feedback allows us to correct mistakes just in time and learn much faster!
  6. 6. Biofeedback Emotions <-> Embodiment
  7. 7. 7 Sense design ▫ Always on ▫ The brain can interpret and integrate the raw data (if it is low-latency) ▫ Perceiving electromagnetic fields (fingertips, through a device) ▫ Compass sense
  8. 8. Biofeedback + senses Heart Rate Variability: Understanding stress, stress reduction, understanding stress reactions of the body 8
  9. 9. Open source hardware OpenBCI = low-latency EEG device for home use EEG has immediate feedback in time domain, it is not very location precise (skull) (MRI is the opposite) Neurofeedback: Understanding and training the brain Open-source software Turn alpha amplitude to a low- latency sound signal (Why sound?) Do alpha+beta- or other protocols Hemicoherence 9
  10. 10. Motivation Learning meditation The experience of “merging” or “complete integration”. There is no conflict, just you and your mind: senses, thoughts, emotions, all integrated Internal conflict Alpha amplitude down? Lost focus? Immediate feedback Extending myself Do we merge with our devices? To some extent we already have. What other forms and experiences can we have? 10
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  12. 12. 12 Thanks! Instagram: @juraj.bednar Twitter: @jurbed