Heart beat monitoring – what can we learn?

Heart monitoring is becoming increasingly popular with the availability of health monitoring wristbands. Most of these units have built-in microprocessors that analyze the recorded signals (*1) to determine the heart rate – the frequency of the cardiac cycle (beats per minute). But, besides the heart rate, what can we learn from our heart? The cardiac […]

Disentangling the puzzle of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by problems in paying attention[1] (the incapacity of attending with a necessary degree of constancy to any object), hyperkinetic activity (remarkable motor activity which appears urgent) and a lack of controlled behavior (unstable mood, fits of rage, tendency to aggressively or excitability) that interferes with […]

Watch your brain at TalkingBrains!

We all think, we all talk, we all communicate and navigate this world but we barely take some time to watch and observe the signals that come out of our own brain. This time, Starlab® and Neuroelectrics® have worked together to develop a brain monitoring and experimental setup within the exhibition of the TalkingBrains, powered […]

NE goes computational at ICANN

During the 6-9th of September, Barcelona was home to the 25th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks or ICANN, the annual conference that brings together researchers from two scientific worlds: neurosciences and information sciences. As the scope of the conference is wide, it gathers specialists in Machine Learning algorithms and computational neurosciences, as well as […]

Source localization for EEG and why to work on cortical space

 Electroencephalography allows for the recording of neural activity non-invasively by placing a set of electrodes on the scalp. While the fact that electroencephalography is non-invasive has clear advantages for the monitoring of brain activity in humans, it also comes with its limitations. Neural activity generated by neurons has to propagate through neural tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, […]

The rise and decline of EEG, where are we now?

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a brain-state monitoring technique that allows for the recording of neural activity non-invasively. Since the first human EEG recording in 1924 by Hans Berger, the technique has become of widespread use in clinical diagnosis and in the research community [1] (besides other not-so conventional uses, see this post by Alejandro Riera). Widespread? […]

The future of our species at the CCCB and Brain Polyphony

New technologies constantly appear on our life. Who could have imagined that the competence of a classical music ‘tape’ and its accompanying radiocassette would have been integrated in our telephones? Or that human communication through long distances would depend on satellite swarms floating around earth? Communications, transport and health are clear examples of what aspects […]

Can cortical networks be used to analyse EEG signals?

Broadly speaking, when we talk about analysing EEG signals, we are talking about how to use those time-varying signals to classify clinical conditions, behavioural events or predict responses (is the person awake or not? is this person going to develop Parkinson?). As such, learning temporal dependencies in those time series and predicting or classifying events […]