A group of scientists from the Neuroscape Lab at the University of California in San Francisco have developed a way to visualize the readings from an electroencephalogram (EEG) in real-time. Participants of the study first had a brain scan done through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which provides the data for a 3D printed, high-resolution model of their brain. The patients were then given an EEG, which would typically only read as lines on a sheet of paper. However, in the case of the Glass Brain study, readings from the EEG were projected as colors across the Glass Brain, providing researchers and participants with real-time feedback of the participants’ brain activity.
The developers of the Glass Brain hope that the development will have practical, therapeutic benefits as well. Because the Glass Brain does not require patients to be lying still as most traditional brain scans do, it can provide more real-time, true to life feedback of various conditions. Potentially, the project could help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, depression and schizophrenia.