Get your brain fit

As I have explained in a previous post, we loose about 100 000 neurons per day. But this is not something to be really worried about, since the thing that really matters is the quality of their connections, not their number. As we know, the brain is plastic so we can create new connections and […]

Music from the brain: a new way of communication for patients with severe speech disabilities.

In this post I would like to introduce the concept of BrainPolyphony, a CRG Awards-founded project in which  Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG), Universitat de Barcelona, Mobilitylab, ASDI and Starlab will explore new ways of communication for patients suffering from severe speech disabilities. Patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as cerebral palsy, often experience important communication problems. […]

10 best data sources for neuroinformatics research

– Neuro… what? What on earth is neuroinformatics… you mean, bioinformatics? Indeed neuroinformatics takes inspiration from bioinformatics, which refers to the combination of omics data (genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic…) and its understanding with machine learning tools (well, and other computer science disciplines). Bioinformatics has brought enormous advances for instance in cancer research, which was itself one […]

Neuroelectrics Asian Tour

During the last 3 weeks, I had the chance to travel to 3 amazing cities: Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. The main objective was to attend the “1st International Brain Stimulation Conference” in Singapore and then the “2015 International Workshop on Clinical Brain Neural-Machine Interface Systems”. As there were some days between both conferences, I stopped […]

Visual Perception

The most important component of a digital camera is the image sensor. Nowadays CCD and CMOS sensors monopolise the digital market. Those sensors capture a continuous signal—the light—which is converted through a filtering process into discrete signals. Within this process, simplified here in one line, the element that controls the white balance level is key. The same […]

Consumer brain-computer interfaces, are we there yet?

In the last few weeks I’ve attended two very different events related to consumer BCIs; the “Wearables” session at MWC in Barcelona and the “BCI for the masses” panel at IBT in Tel Aviv. The wearables session at MWC was, as you might expect, mainly about fitness trackers and watches. Pebble, Fitbit and Misfit/Swarovski presented […]

Designing Games for ADHD Neurofeedback Training

ADHD neurofeedback training aims to present impulsivity and hyperactivity features measured in the brain activity in real time to a child suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for him/her to learn how to self-regulate them. As was discussed in previous posts this technique has turned out to be a good complement to medication inducing […]

Quick and Dirty Guide on Transcranial Current Stimulation

While heading to Petronas Technology University where I will give a course on transcranial current stimulation (tCS) basics I summarized the basics of the technology and particularly on Starstim, the device we envisioned and started to develop within the HIVE project. tCS devices allow the controlled injection of low-amplitude electrical currents into the cerebral cortex […]

Measuring the effect of meditation using EEG

During the next weeks in Starlab/Neuroelectrics we will conduct a study on meditation patterns measured in EEG brain signals. First of all, I would say that previously I had no idea about what mediation was, I have never practiced yoga or any other meditation technique, and obviously I am far from being an expert in […]

Top 7 Weirdest EEG Applications

As we know, the main uses of EEG include diagnosis and neurofeedback therapy (including BCI). Theses applications falls into the clinical realm, but there are many more applications, some of them quite strange to say the least. One important point before starting this post: EEG and BCI are nowadays mainly used for clinical purposes, but […]