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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2011, Article ID 724204, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/724204
Research Article

The Sensorium: A Multimodal Neurofeedback Environment

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University Clinic Freiburg, Breisacher Strass 115 b, 79106 Freiburg, Germany

Received 29 June 2010; Accepted 30 September 2010

Academic Editor: Guido Kempter

Copyright © 2011 Thilo Hinterberger. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Sensorium is a neurofeedback environment that allows people to experience signals from their nonperceptible body processes visually and auditorily. Various (neuro-)physiological rhythms and frequencies are projected simultaneously as soundscapes and “lightscapes” into the environment. A wireless physiological amplifier device sends signals such as EEG and ECG to a computer for real-time processing using the modified brain-computer interface software “Thought Translation Device” (TTD). The TTD performs signal filtering, parametric orchestral sonification, and light control. In a pilot study, 20 participants have been exposed to their ongoing brain and heart signals while sitting inside the Sensorium, a small room equipped with a speaker and lighting system. Almost all of them reported an increase in contentment, relaxation, happiness, and inner harmony. They also reported a widening in their body consciousness. In future, therapeutic paradigms will be developed and the treatment effects on people with psychosomatic diseases will be evaluated.