Music pattern that makes your brain go wild!

Today’s pop songs are often criticized because of their bland, boring and unoriginal lyrics and melodies. But is that really the case? And more importantly: if it is, why do we put up with it?

Songs by the dozen

As I mentioned earlier, the human brain is a wonderful thing. It is capable of decoding all of the information around us at an astounding rate. A daunting task! Lets give our brains a break shall we? Lets give it … Read on...

“Really, I’m just guessing!” – Your brain

Alt text: You know what happens when you assert--you make an ass out of the emergency response team. Source: XKCD

We like patterns! Our brain likes to find them even when there aren’t any to be found. This podcast by Scientific American explains, very briefly, two studies that asked participants too look for trends in artificial stock market data and images in video static. In both cases the subjects found patterns were there weren’t any, this is called illusory pattern perception.

Source: Scientific American

The reason for this pattern seeking behavior is simple. Our brain needs to process a lot … Read on...

Open source and crowdfunding bring brain research to your doorstep

OpenBCI developed an open source EEG platform

Brain–computer interfaces (BCI’s) are the future of interfacing with the machines around us. As crowdfunding and open source software are gaining in popularity, this wonderful world is now coming to enthusiasts around the world.

OpenBCI, the EEG Arduino shield

This Kickstarter project is a prime example of how the field of electronics is becoming more open. This easy-to-use EEG shield for the Arduino gives almost everyone the possibility to measure their brain activity.

The $ 215,438 backing OpenBCI shows that … Read on...

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