11 episodes

The mind machine is a podcast devoted to the latest research in applied neurosciences, physiological computing, neuroadaptive interfaces and human factors psychology. Each episode features a conversation with a different researcher about their work. Our discussions will focus on emerging technologies, such as: brain-computer interfaces, system automation, affective computing, wearable sensors and assistive technology. The conversations will cover technical aspects of the work as well as potential societal impacts. The podcast will present academic research in a way that is both informal and accessible for both professional and non-professional listeners.

the mind machine Stephen Fairclough

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The mind machine is a podcast devoted to the latest research in applied neurosciences, physiological computing, neuroadaptive interfaces and human factors psychology. Each episode features a conversation with a different researcher about their work. Our discussions will focus on emerging technologies, such as: brain-computer interfaces, system automation, affective computing, wearable sensors and assistive technology. The conversations will cover technical aspects of the work as well as potential societal impacts. The podcast will present academic research in a way that is both informal and accessible for both professional and non-professional listeners.

    Ep 11: Anne-Marie Brouwer on Applied Neuroscience

    Ep 11: Anne-Marie Brouwer on Applied Neuroscience

    Anne-Marie Brouwer is a senior Scientist at TNO in the Netherlands.  She has a background in cognitive psychology but has applied her methodological expertise to a wide range of research projects.  During our conversation, we talk about the importance of methodology for applied research in psychology and neurosciences.  We also talk about specific projects that Anne-Marie has been involved in, such as brain-computer interfaces, physiological synchrony, measuring stress under laboratory conditions, and some recent work on perceptions of food.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep10: Fabien Lotte on Brain-Computer Interfaces

    Ep10: Fabien Lotte on Brain-Computer Interfaces

    In this episode, I talk to Fabien Lotte from INRIA in Bordeaux about his research on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI).  Fabien is a computer scientist working in this field with a particular interest in signal processing and machine learning for EEG-based BCI.  We talk about the role of machine learning in neurotechnologies and Fabien's research projects, on everything from user learning of active BCI, measuring curiosity and neurofeedback.  We also discuss the benefits of multidisciplinary research, problems and strategies in applying machine learning to EEG data, and what active BCIs can do for a healthy user.

    • 48 min
    Ep 9: Graeme Moffat on Consumer Neurotechnology

    Ep 9: Graeme Moffat on Consumer Neurotechnology

    Graeme Moffat is a neuroscientist working in the field of consumer neurotechnology.  At the time of this conversation, he was chief scientist at Interaxon who make the Muse product.  Muse is an EEG system designed to support meditation practice via auditory feedback.  During our conversation, we talk about the development of Muse and the  challenges encountered when designing an EEG system for the population at large.  We also discuss other issues related to consumer neurotechnology, such as interface design, lessons learned from big (EEG) data, and privacy.  We also chatted about how differences between working as an academic or as part of a commercial organisation, and how both sectors bring their own perspective to the development of neurotechnologies.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep 8: Sergi Bermudez I Badia on Virtual Neurorehabilitation

    Ep 8: Sergi Bermudez I Badia on Virtual Neurorehabilitation

    The research conducted by Sergi Bermudez I Badia works at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute concerns the integration of technologies into the process of neurorehabilitation.  His work integrates virtual reality, serious games, brain-computer interfaces and gamification to facilitate recovery from brain damage due to a stroke.  He talks about his career, the development of his particular approach (virtual neurorehabilitation) and lessons learned along the way about the use of technology within the process of rehabilitation.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep7: Chad Stephens on Human Factors & Aviation

    Ep7: Chad Stephens on Human Factors & Aviation

    In this episode of the mind machine, I'm talking to Dr. Chad Stephens from the NASA Langley Research Centre.  Chad is a psychophysiologist currently working in the field of aviation and human factors.  We talk about his early work on emotions and the autonomic nervous system before discussing the work he does at NASA.  Our conversation covers measuring performance in pilot, hypoxia, mental workload, using fNIRS to capture pilot attention, use and abuses of wearable sensors and ethical issues around performance monitoring.  

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 6: Dick De Waard on Traffic Psychology

    Ep 6: Dick De Waard on Traffic Psychology

    In episode 6 of the mind machine, I talk to Prof. Dick De Waard about his research into traffic psychology and human factors.  We discuss how driving behaviour is measured on the real-road and in simulators and how psychophysiological methods can be integrated into those environments.  We also have a long chat about the measurement of mental workload and the logistics of doing applied research, particularly with users of illegal drugs.

    • 48 min

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