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Diagnosis Via Brain Music

In the video below, tunes are played via neuroprosthetics. What you are hearing, sounding eirie and mournful, is quite literally the sound of a healthy human brain working. Different areas were assigned to different notes, and the volume determined by the amount of activity. Areas with very low activity were filtered out entirely.

This is the self same technology as used by the first networked brain orchestra at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. First used to conclude the Science Beyond Fiction conference in Prague, at the end of April 2009, the brain music is created by a project called SPECS, or Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems.

The advantage this approach of brain analysis has, is the researchers discovered that people with different cognitive issues such as Aspergers, Parkinson's' or Alzheimer's, had brains which produced very different tunes, each unique to the differences in the brain. Thus the music shows promise as a diagnostic tool, allowing doctors to listen to the sounds of the brain and pattern match to known cognitive effects.


Think Your Own Music Outloud

The First Networked Brain Orchestra

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