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Can You Do Neuroscience Research Outside of a Lab?

But really, why do it?

Huge thanks to the brilliant and kind Cheryl Isaacson at Lincoln Street Studios, the mastermind behind this short film.

Would gathering brain activity out in the open air at a music festival actually work?

What would people do while we recorded from them?

…Neuroscience out in the open?

  1. If we set up a booth at an open-air festival, would many participants volunteer to provide EEG data?
  2. Would the participant population be more diverse than traditional studies?
  3. Could we successfully replicate traditional laboratory protocols in a naturalistic setting? Also, could we get any kind of decent EEG data, given that we were outside, it was noisy, we had to convince people to sit still, etc?
The big question…Could we capture usable amounts of brain activity data (using mobile EEG) from people sitting quietly, first with their eyes open and then with their eyes closed? Details above.



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Elizabeth R. Ricker

Author of “Smarter Tomorrow: How 15 Minutes of Neurohacking a Day Can Help You Work Better, Think Faster, and Get More Done” (Little, Brown Spark/Hachette).