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Research project

Brain-Computer Interfacing

Our goal is to develop usable, practical and meaningful Brain-Computer Interfaces to diagnose, restore, repair and enhance functions of the impaired brain.

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) are systems that measure activity from the central nervous system (CNS) and convert it into artificial output that replaces, restores, enhances, supplements or improves natural CNS output and thereby change the ongoing interactions between the CNS and its external or internal environment (Wolpaw & Wolpaw, 2012). BCIs can be used to assess levels of consciousness (for example in non-responsive patients), to control computers or devices with brain activity or to enhance human-computer interaction (for example to play games or make art).

In this project we try to improve existing BCI paradigms by focusing on usability, practicality and meaningfulness of the technology. End-users are involved as experts in this process. In addition, we investigate the behavioral and neuropsychological effects of BCI training and use. 

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