EEG and Sonic Platforms to Enhance Mindfulness Meditation

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https://doi.org/10.18533/journal.v5i9.1012

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Mindfulness Meditation, Interactive Installation Art

Abstract

This paper explores interactive applications that encourage mindfulness through sensors and novel input technology. Research in psychology and neuroscience demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness is initiating a new movement in interactive design. As cutting edge technologies become more accessible they are being employed to research and explore the practice of mindfulness. We examine three interactive installation artworks that promote mindfulness. In order to contextualize the interactive artworks discussed we first examine the historical background of the Electroencephalogram (EEG). We then discuss the physiological processes of meditation and the history behind the clinical practice of mindfulness. We show how artists and designers employ EEG sensors, to record the electrical activity of the brain to visualize mindfulness meditation practices. Lastly, we conclude the paper by discussing the future of the three artworks.

Author Biography

Caitilin de Berigny, The University of Sydney

Dr Caitilin de Bérigny is a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Design Lab, an interdisciplinary research group. Caitilin is a member of the Sydney Environment Institute and currently working on an ARC grant with the Australian National Museum and Natural History Museum in New York. Caitilin is leading the Health & Creativity Node at the Charles Perkins Centre. Caitilin has been awarded numerous grants, exhibited and published widely. Her artworks have been exhibited widely internationally. She has studied and worked internationally in France and the USA.

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