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The asteroid field of your mind : examine neurofeedback effects in an interactive art installation

Vitanov, Vesselin (2018) The asteroid field of your mind : examine neurofeedback effects in an interactive art installation.

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Abstract:Recent technological developments allowed Brain Computer Interfaces to be embedded in small, portable headsets, making them appropriate for usage in casual consumer applications. Data derived from brain-computer interfaces can seem rather abstract to users. This paper addresses the need for visualisations, that can help in making interacting with brain-computer interfaces a more comprehensive and enjoyable experience. An interactive visualisation of brain states has been conceptualised and developed for the purpose. Furthermore, this project provides insights from psychology regarding visual perception and emotions to enhance user understanding of their brain activities as a part of feedback mechanism for entertainment applications. First, an exploration of visual methods and technological readiness has been performed. Further, game mechanics appropriate for brain-computer interaction were created in order to observe the proposed visualisation in context. To confirm the validity of the product an early testing with first-time users was used to define the initial specification of the project, such as reaction time, learning curve and other general input. Further, a proposed shape was evaluated by comparing it to the provided default visualisation method and more finally, a user evaluation in-game environment was conducted to verify their appropriateness for the interactive entertainment experience. These evaluations showed that the proposed solution was aesthetically pleasing, however, the comprehensiveness and entertainment value could be improved upon.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 02 science and culture in general, 20 art studies, 50 technical science in general, 53 electrotechnology, 54 computer science, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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