with Matthias Oostrik, Peter Burr, Diederik Schoorl, Pandelis Diamantides
Enclosed by an intimate capsule and immersed in an audiovisual environment that responds and reflects their shared brain activity, two visitors can directly experience and manipulate their internal efforts to approach or distance themselves from each other. During the experience, greater brainwave synchronization is reflected in greater vividness and more coherent and recognizable audiovisual patterns, while lack of synchronization strays towards dark audio-visual chaos: a faint ringing in the ears and static in the retinas. More
With Lauren Silbert, Jennifer Silbert, Matthias Oostrik, Oliver Hess, Amanda Parkes
Compatibility Racer is a competitive, interactive brain-robotics installation in which brainwave synchronization is translated into the speed of a cart: the more in sync participants' brains, the faster the cart moves along a track. More
Mutual Brainwaves Lab is a simple, scaled-down neurofeedback interactive that tracks and visualizes brain-to-brain synchronization as two heads merging in and out of each other. Compared to the other projects, the emphasis is tilted toward the educational potential of visualizing brainwave synchrony in real-time: the playful environment is intended as a family-friendly neuroscience educational tool, with an emphasis on raising awareness about the scientific process, and the state of neuroscience research more broadly. More
Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze restages Marina Abramovic' durational performance piece The Artist is Present (MoMA, 2010) as an interactive art installation/neuroscience experiment investigating the relationship between human connectedness and brainwave synchronization. During the experience, two participants sit opposite each other and engage in mutual gaze for 30 minutes while their EEG signal is recorded and visualized in real time. Whenever the participants' brainwaves oscillate in synchrony, this is shown through a lightning animation connecting the two model brains. [click on image for more info]
What happens in the brain of tango dancers as they glide and swirl? Tango is synchronization, two bodies connected through the embrace, moving as one. But are dancers’ brainwaves synchronized too? NeuroTango allows us to peer into tango dancers’ minds in a live experiment showing their brain activity in real time. Three couples will be fitted with wireless headsets that will sense their brainwaves and transmit them to a computer as they dance. Brainwave synchronization—or lack thereof—in each couple is translated into dynamic visualizations projected on the walls. More
With David Poeppel, Lu Wan, Mingzhou Ding, Lisa Kaggen, Masha Westerlund, Ido Davidesco & Matthias Oostrik
In 2014-2015, we worked with a high school in New York City to investigate the factors that drive brain-to-brain synchronization during teacher-student interactions. High school students were involved in the design and execution of this research project, and participated as experimental subjects throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Concurrently, a team of NYU psychologists and neuroscientists provided neuroscience education to the students. In 2015-2016, we extended the program to other high schools in the New York City.
With Hugh Rabagliati, Liina Pylkkanen, Thomas Farmer
How is rapid and efficient language processing supported by the brain?
Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), we found that brain regions dedicated to low-level sensory analysis are sensitive to seemingly high-level properties of words (syntax and lexical-semantics) as early as 100 ms after the presentation of a word. These findings can be explained within the context of a Sensory Hypothesis: visual and auditory cortex are sensitive to linguistic predictions that have been translated into form feature estimates prior to the onset of a predicted word or syntactic category. More
A project by Scott Chasserot
What do we find instinctively beautiful in the human face and how does this translate to self-image? What assumptions would we make about another person if we could see their ideal self-image? Original Ideal combines portrait photography and neuroscience to isolate the subjects' ideal self image, a cerebrally sincere preference obtained by circumventing conscious thought. more