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Mind Pool

Issue: XXI.1 January - February 2014
Page: 10
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Kiel Long, John Vines

Mind Pool is a brain-computer interface designed to provoke self-reflection experiences based upon real-time representations of a participant's brain activity. Brain activity is sonically and physically represented via a magnetically reactive liquid sitting in a pool built into a tabletop. Feedback may be intentionally altered by those sitting at the Mind Pool by entering into differing mental, sensory, and bodily states or passively through observation of inherent brain activity.

The aim of the system is to present this information ambiguously to encourage sustained interactions and self-reflection by engaging participants in relating the ambiguous feedback with their brain activity.

Mind Pool 2012 from Kiel Long on Vimeo.

Long, K. and Vines, J. Mind Pool: Encouraging self-reflection through ambiguous bio-feedback. Proc. CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, 2013, 2975–2978.

Kiel Long, Lancaster University

John Vines, Newcastle University