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Investigating the Use of Brain-Computer Interaction to FacilitateCreativity

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Todd, David, McCullagh, P. J., Mulvenna, MD and Lightbody, G (2012) Investigating the Use of Brain-Computer Interaction to FacilitateCreativity. In: Proceeding AH '12 Proceedings of the 3rd Augmented Human International Conference , Megeve, France. ACM New York, NY, USA ©2012. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2160125.2160144

DOI: 10.1145/2160125.2160144

Abstract

Brain Computer Interaction (BCI) has mainly been utilized forcommunication and control, but it may also find application as achannel for creative expression, as part of an entertainmentpackage. In this paper we provide an initial investigation on howcreativity can be supported and assessed. An art-based approachwas adopted to investigate the possibility of achieving limitedcreativity. Subjects were asked to complete three tasks using anSSVEP BCI; a drawing task called ‘etch-a-sketch’ (TASK 1)which relied entirely upon BCI control, and two painting tasks,the first (TASK 2) with a set goal and the second (TASK 3) withmore potential for user expression. The tasks varied in theproportion of control to creativity required. Participants providedfeedback on their perception of the control and creative aspectsand their overall experience. The painting application (TASK 3)for which users perceived that they had more creativity was wellaccepted; 50% of the users preferred this mode of interaction. Theexperimental approach described allows for an initial assessmentof the acceptance of BCI-mediated creativity.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Brain computer interaction, brain painting, creativity, assessment
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:21631
Deposited By:Dr Paul McCullagh
Deposited On:08 May 2012 15:50
Last Modified:08 May 2012 15:50

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