10.25.2010

the brain specialist.

so today i woke up at 8am and i went alllllllll the way up to the top floor of the swkt (the super top secret 12th floor that you need a special code to get to from the 11th- you can't access it from the elevators). 

for two hours of the morning i took a handful of (surprisingly really entertaining) memory tests, answered a bunch of personal questions about my psychological history and then (drumroll, please) got an EEG!
i know it may not sound all that exciting, but i got what's called a geodesic dense array EEG sensor net put onto my head like this:

and then it was strapped around my eyes and ears like this:

aaaaand then i got to see the electroencephalography (EEG) graph first hand! looked something like this:

he had me blink a bunch in a row and then clench my jaw and watch how the graph changed.. those are two examples of 'brain-electric activity' that the EEG monitored.. so both of those things showed up really dark on the graph. it was way cool to be able to do something and then see it shown on the graph because (obviously) the brain controls all of everything you do!

now, i know this isn't as cool as you were probably expecting it to be.. but take my word for it, it was awesome. after taking all these tests and doing a number of activities with the EEG sensor net on my head, the specialist (aka graduate student) was able to tell me a bunch of things about myself (like about how high my IQ is, how well my cognitive skills are, what kind of a learner i am, etc.) - just from the tests! plus, all the testing was done as a part of a research study- so i got paid $25 for just two hours of doing fun stuff and getting my brain all checked out! awesome.

and you know what the best part is? the reason i qualified was because i had previously gotten a (/multiple) concussion(s)! finally a little silver lining from suffering through all of those head injuries..

so basically, today was awesome. and it reminded me of a brief monty python clip that dandanoo + daddy back home really enjoy.. so i hope you will too (:

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