M.I.N.D. brain sensor caps: Coupling precise brain imaging to virtual reality head-mounted displays

Gyoung Kim, Joonhyun Jeon, Frank Biocca

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Abstract

Today, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are the new communication tools readily available to consumers. Because of the increasing availability of AR and VR, communication and neuroscience researchers are showing increasing interest in the use of VR systems for studies in collaboration, communication, and basic neuroscience. Beyond relying on self-reported or behavioral measures, psychophysiological or functional neuroimaging measurements sensing brain waves (e.g. EEG) or brain hemodynamics (e.g. fNIRS) are powerful techniques for measuring brain activity while interacting with virtual reality stimuli or environments. However, using these measures with virtual reality systems can be difficult due to physical and technical constraints. Both Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and Electroencephalography (EEG) need multiple channels to measure brain activity, a combination of cables and probes must be attached to a head cap. However, this setup obstructs wearing head-mounted display (HMD) in a VR environment and the challenge varies with the design of the HMD. To overcome these limitations, we introduce the design and development of the M.I.N.D. brain measurement cap specifically adapted for research with virtual reality system. We discuss the design process as well as the advantages and limitations of the current iterative design of the cap. Generally, we anticipate that this measurement system will expand the potential of influence of cognitive neuroscience contribute on VR research by making it easier for researchers to use a breadth of tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAugmented Cognition
Subtitle of host publicationIntelligent Technologies - 12th International Conference, AC 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages120-130
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319914695
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event12th International Conference on Augmented Cognition, AC 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10915 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other12th International Conference on Augmented Cognition, AC 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period7/15/187/20/18

Keywords

  • Brain measurement method
  • Brain waves
  • Caps
  • EEG
  • fNIRS
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Kim, G., Jeon, J., & Biocca, F. (2018). M.I.N.D. brain sensor caps: Coupling precise brain imaging to virtual reality head-mounted displays. In Augmented Cognition: Intelligent Technologies - 12th International Conference, AC 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings (pp. 120-130). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10915 LNAI). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91470-1_11