RC2 Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI) for investigating Natural Cognition in Action


Research ‘in the wild’ is a growing trend in various scientific fields. Technological
advancements like high-density EEG with wireless transmission as well as motion capture
systems allowed for the emergence of Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI), which is a new
imaging modality, employing mobile brain imaging methods like the electroencephalogram
(EEG) or near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) synchronized to motion capture and other data
streams to investigate brain activity while participants actively move in and interact with their
environment. MoBI allows to investigate brain dynamics accompanying more natural cognitive
and affective processes as it allows the human to interact with the environment without
restriction regarding physical movement. [1,2].
The talk will explore the power of this approach by explaining the scientific reasons as well
as technical and computational advances necessary for its genesis. The various new input and
output modalities of the brain that are possible to record with MoBI will be discussed together
with more details about EEG effective source reconstruction using Independent Component
Analysis [3]. Finally examples of state-of-the-art experiments in the Berlin Mobile Brain/Body
Imaging Lab (BeMoBIL) will be given.


cf. above


Gramann, K., Ferris, D. P., Gwin, J. and Makeig, S. 2015. Imaging natural cognition
in action. International Journal of Psychophysiology 91: 22–29
Makeig, S., Gramann, K., Jung, T. P., Sejnowski, T. J. and Poizner, H. 2009. Linking
brain, mind and behavior. International Journal of Psychophysiology 73: 95–100

Palmer, J. A, Kreutz-Delgado, K., and Makeig, S. 2011. AMICA: An Adaptive Mixture
of Independent Component Analyzers with Shared Components.

Course location

Lecture Room 2

Course requirements


Instructor information.


Marius Klug