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Hi, I was really enjoying your blog. I am exploring neurofeedback and brain-stim as well. Have you stopped brain-hacking?
Yes, I stopped.
A shipment of sponge electrodes has arrived from Amazon. This should make it possible to get some real current flow.
Also, I got 30g of aniracetam and some choline to boost it. I’ve been taking two doses per day at 750mg aniracetam and 250mg choline each time, stirred into a shot of olive oil. I think it’s making me calmer but I’m not sure. I should get a heart rate variability monitor to find out for sure.
I finally got around the driver issues that were causing the mouse to go crazy, found the right settings on ElecGuru (set the Machine to RS232EEG), and got a credible waveform off my EEG-SMT device.
The current situation with EEG not very hacker friendly. Most of the software available is proprietary and does not run on Linux or Mac. Fortunately, there is now a Kickstarter project to bring EEG to the Arduino, which should make it a lot easier to gain access to the raw data: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86514518/diy-arduino-eeg?ref=live.
None of the existing software seems to do what I want. BrainBay crashes when I start it. Electric Guru wants the device to be on a serial port (COM 1, etc.) but it’s plugged in via USB. Same with BioEra. Also, BioEra insists on getting my email address and phone number just so I can use it.
I guess a reasonable solution would be to write a device driver for Linux and a simple tool to save the data from the five channels to text files.
Here are some things I want to try once I get it working:
* Quantify the amount of synchronicity between different brain regions
* Correlate brain waves to different mental states and develop a data-driven vocabulary as an alternative to (or a confirmation of) the conventional Alpha, Beta, etc. names for brain wave frequencies.
* Develop objective functions to characterize various notions of brain-state optimality. For example, what are the best states for learning, problem solving, sports, conversation and sex?
* Develop a wearable EEG device that makes it easy (even fashionable?) to record your brainwaves all day (and night) long. Correlate the output with Justin-TV style video recording.
* See how brainwaves are modified by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).