This could be you looking at your brain while you think about your brain- on your cell phone.

I really enjoy a study about free will or consciousness involving EEG. This is not that. But it IS potentially* a fully portable tool that could be used in real-time (for pre-frontal gym type work) and in group settings bringing a “natural element” into brain studies, leaving some of the limitations of a lab setting behind.

The smartphone brain scanner enable complete user mobility and continuous logging of brain activities either for real-time neuro feedback purposes or for later analysis. The user can interact with the 3D brain model on the device using touch gestures and the system allow up to 7.5 hours continuos recording. [via]

Since our “understanding of the neural underpinnings of perception is largely built upon studies that have employed 2-dimensional (2D) planar images” [via], while hooked up to a stationary scanner, having a tool like this (*assuming data analysis & interpretation are reliable) to use outside of a lab, could shed a whole new light on what’s really goin’ on in there. Also? The headset is under $300.00.

ResearchBlogging.org

 Arkadiusz Stopczynski, Jakob Eg Larsen, Carsten Stahlhut, Michael Kai Petersen and Lars Kai Hansen (2011). A Smartphone Interface for a Wireless EEG Headset with Real-Time 3D Reconstruction Lecture Notes in Computer Science DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24571-8_40

Snow, J., Pettypiece, C., McAdam, T., McLean, A., Stroman, P., Goodale, M., & Culham, J. (2011). Bringing the real world into the fMRI scanner: Robust release from adaptation for 2D pictures but not actual 3D objects Journal of Vision, 11 (11), 71-71 DOI: 10.1167/11.11.71

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    I’ve only barely skimmed this article but HOLY SHIT THAT WOULD BE SO COOL!