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A Day with EEG

What is EEG? 

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a recording of the electrical activity your brain produces while you are playing games. To be able to record this activity in your brain we need to place a cap on your head.  It is soft and stretchy, sort of like a swim cap. This cap has small holes in it where we will place some gel and then place electrodes. These “brain cell listeners” can pick up the activity of your brain. This procedure is completely harmless, but it will make your hair messy. 

What you will see?


You will see the big glass doors of our building, where it says McGovern Institute for Brain Research.



You will see computers that we will be using to record the activity of your brain as you play different games. 


You will also see a green armchair with many cushions, where you will sit while playing the games or watching a movie.



You will also see this button box, which will be the controller you use to play all the games we’ve prepared for you!


Preparing for your EEG session at MIT!


Please come with clean, dry hair.  If you usually wear your hair in braids, please take them out first.  This helps the cap fit better. 





Sometimes our room is a little chilly.  You may want to dress in layers and bring a sweater or sweatshirt that zips up the front.



Make sure you get a good night sleep before your session at MIT! 

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