Technical challenges

The EEG headgear needs to be handled with care, and there’s some preparation required. There needs to be a method of taking the output and using it in real time to trigger actions in graphics or sound.  This can be achieved by importing the EEG headgear data to max msp ( or to a Processing programming language file ( or to an Arduino platform ( (in case you would like to be involved in physical computing). You’ll need to read some scientific papers about the technology (easy), and its uses in psychology. We’ll provide some instruction and support. There might also be an opportunity to participate in a more scientific research project (as a participant or assistant) involving people’s responses to outdoor spaces. An introduction to processing and arduino will be made for the beginners. In any case these are only suggestions and you are free to use any software you might find fit.

Emotiv epoc headset:


Epoc and MaxMSP:


Epoc and Arduino:




Epoc and Processing:


More information you will find on the Community fora of the Emotiv, the arduino and processing.

Emotiv EEG headset

Emotiv EPOC is a high resolution, multi-channel, wireless neuroheadset which uses the latest developments in neuro-technology to present a new interface for human computer interaction. Badcock et al (2013) from the University of London, University of Sydney and Macquarie University in Syndey have validated the Emotiv device for direct response to auditory stimuli.

The Electroencephalogram (EEG) has been used for the creation of a brain-computer interface in medicine to help “patients with motor impairments to communicate with their environment” (Gucer et al., 2001).


Emotiv Epoc headset



Electrode locations of the Emotiv EPOC


Emotiv-Epoc affective suite