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The Development of Electroencephalography

01/01/1924 (Aprox)01/01/1934 (Aprox)

While the availability of functional neuroimaging has driven the neuroX, their existence also depends on the principle [...] that “imaging the brain provides information about the mind” (Farah 2010b, 4). Historically, such a principle has been often associated with the belief that brain images allow some form of “mind reading.” The boom of optical instrumentation that began in the mid–nineteenth century gave plausibility to brain/mind-reading fictions. With the development of electroencephalography in the early 1930s, some researchers became convinced that the recorded waves would offer direct insights into mental life (Borck 2005).

Vidal, Fernando and Ortega, Francisco. Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (Forms of Living)....

An EEG cap with electrodes. Photograph by Tim Sheerman-Chase.

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In the videos below, you can see EEG in action and understand a little bit more about how it works. There's even footage of people playing the game Pong through signals generated by EEG!

Centre for Brain Science: Electroencephalography (EEG)
Intro to EEG
EEG: How to record brain waves & the alpha-wave test
Playing the Game "Pong" with EEG


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Published in 11/01/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

All events in the topic Chap. 2: Disciplines of the Neuro:

01/01/1977 (Aprox)First use of the term NeuropoliticsFirst use of the term Neuropolitics
01/01/2002 (Aprox)Neuropolitics, by William ConnollyNeuropolitics, by William Connolly
01/01/1990 (Aprox)NeuroXNeuroX
31/03/2010Neuro Lit Crit
01/01/2007 (Aprox)fMRI: A New Research Tool, by APAfMRI: A New Research Tool, by APA
01/10/2008U.S. Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
01/01/1924 (Aprox)01/01/1934 (Aprox)The Development of ElectroencephalographyThe Development of Electroencephalography
01/01/1991 (Aprox)Invention of fMRIInvention of fMRI