BCI - Jordy Thielen
BCI - Jordy Thielen

Take a look at our Brain Computer Interfacing lab

Imagine yourself being paralyzed: you cannot move anymore you cannot talk anymore. Within the Brain Computer Interfacing Lab scientists are developing new technologies that allow you to communicate again, simply by using your brain.

Researchers Michael Tangermann and Jordy Thielen provide you an unique look at the Donders Institute's Brain Computer Interfacing lab.

Brain Computer Interfacing Lab

We are able to look into how brain signals can be used for patients, that cannot communicate with their friends and family anymore after suffering from a stroke. These systems can be brought into rehabilitation centers such to train patients and give them a voice to communicate again.

How does Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI) work?

Brain signals are typically recorded with EEG caps. Scientists train computers to decode these noisy signals, which come from patients who, for example, have cognitive impairments. For training purposes, the patient would sit in a circle of loudspeakers while we exposed them to various words. The patient's task would be to focus solely on one particular word. We can also determine which letter you're thinking about by analyzing your brain activity as we present specific flashing patterns associated with those letters.

Do you want to participate in an experiment?

You can! Participants have the unique opportunity to contribute to research and witness their brain's firsthand stimulation. If you want to participate in an experiment, you can contribute as one of the first to new technologies. As you can see in the video, it is fun to see what is going on in research here and what we do, as well as to look at your brain.