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Electroencephalography, or EEG, is a method of monitoring electrical activity produced the firing of neurons in the brain. Information from the brain is generally collected by attaching electrodes to the scalp and a grounder attached to the ear. The first Electroencephalograph was taken by Hans Berger in 1924.[1]

EEG Concerts


On August 30, 2003, James Fung, Ph.D. held a brainwave music concert, where a computer sensed audience reaction to regenerate and alter to music on the fly, reacting to their responses to the music.

"Audience members became part of an advanced mass EEG system which used audience brainwaves to control both the music and lighting environment....the mood of the environment (was) "regenerated" by the collective consciousness of the attendees" [2].

EEG Setup


10-20 EEG system is the system of scalp placements and measures that scientists use.

Alpha Synchrony Training for Stress Relief

Numerous games and other systems can be controlled through electrodes attached to the scalp. One notable experiment by Derek Zumbach is a way of receiving feedback during relaxation by detecting detached synchronous alpha brain activity.[3] Alpha synchrony is a measure of the focus element during peak performance. The system detects alpha waves, which are 1/10th of a second in length and are one of two brainwave patterns that occur in a multi-synchronous manner. Using the Bio Explorer software, Derek can see alpha synchrony as well as standard resting cortical activity.


An screenshot of a person's real-time performance while doing a 60-minute meditation session. The event of alpha synchrony is on the right of the screen and standard resting cortical activity is on the left. Synchronous alpha activity is one of the most flagrant cortical patterns one can encounter while reading an EEG.[4]


Related Reading


  1. David Millet (2002), "The Origins of EEG" International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN).
  2. REGEN3 / Regenerative Brainwave Music: ElectroBrainFunk
  3. E-mail from EEG and Alpha synchrony researcher Derek Zumbach to Kyle Drake and Amber Case on May 18, 2012.
  4. E-mail from EEG and Alpha synchrony researcher Derek Zumbach to Kyle Drake and Amber Case on May 18, 2012.