Most methods used in cognitive neuroscience use expensive equipment that requires extensive training. This normally limits the hands-on experiences available to undergraduate neuroscience students, despite the known benefits of this type of learning. However, new commercially-available electroencephalography (EEG) systems aim to make the classic methodology available to laypeople, for instance, for the purposes of meditation practice. In this study, we evaluated the use of one such device - the Muse headband - to teach undergraduate neuroscience majors about cognitive neuroscience methodology and the research process. Students at Stonehill College practiced using the devices and then conceived, designed, and implemented their own experiments related to a topic of their choosing as part of a Research Methods in Neuroscience course. Objectively, students better retained material related to their experience compared with material only presented in lecture. Subjectively, they reported better understanding the material because of their experiences. They also reported that the experience made them more excited about studying neuroscience.
Segawa, J. A. (2019). Hands-on Undergraduate Experiences Using Low-Cost Electroencephalography (EEG) Devices. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education : JUNE : A Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, 17(2), A119–A124. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31360127 http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=PMC6650260