From Hackteria Wiki
Revision as of 10:53, 30 April 2012 by Denisa kera (talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search


Design for Neuronetwoking: How to Interact over Brain Data?

“Design for NeuroNetwoking: How to Interact over Brain Data?” | 27 – 30 April 2012, Prague

Presentations, discussions, workshop in Prague based Hackerspace in cooperation with New Media Studies, Charles University,, and Interactive Media Design, National University of Singapore

NeuroNetworking Workshop | 27 – 30 April 2012



The workshop will be hold in Brmlab, Prague based Hackerspace

Photos from the Workshop


Brainstorm, prototype, test and evaluate ideas and scenarios of future services and interfaces related to brain data. Critical probes and design fictions into networking over brain data and biodata related to our brain function (fMRI, SNPs, EEG). Prototype, evaluate and document a future service that will use brain data for social networking, neuromarketing, citizen science projects,etc.


How to support open science? How to interact over brain (fMRI) data? How to connect them with other data (body, society, environment etc.)? What type of interfaces and tools we can build around these data? Who are the stakeholders, actors, users? What type of experiences, relations, exchanges, transactions to support? What type of social and individual identities we can create? What is the context of interaction over such future services? What are the ethical, legal and social challenges these interfaces create?


Open Brain Data project

How to create social networking service on which people would offer brain (fMRI etc) data and combine it with SNPs, real time, sensor and QS data? What are the social, ethical, economic and other aspects, implication, scenarios? How to support open science data project and create citizen science community around this? We uploaded a dataset of fMRI data by a volunteer, Denisa Kera, who decided to share her brain data with the hacker community as part of a challenge. The dataset contains her 3D T1-weighted gradient-echo sequence (MP-RAGE)image of her brain in the nifti format , which is readable by FSL software ( The challenge is: transform the nifti into some 3D web browser data and image that would support crowdsourcing of brain data, pattern recognition and comparison of brain data.

Denisa Kera would like to link her MOAO SNPs ("warrior" gene) to the fMRI scans (dorsal anterior cingulated cortex - dACC) "MAOA-L are overly sensitive to threats or challenges that other people would shrug off, and overreact to them... unusually high levels of activity in their dorsal anterior cingulated cortex (dACC) - a part of the brain that has been linked to feelings of distress after social rejection or confrontation."

Some articles on the issue:

I am also interested in NOS1 variant rs6490121 and Parkinson related genes

Open Source Hardware hacking of brain

Arduino based, physical computing for measuring EEG etc. data and creating interfaces for brain to brain, brain to world interaction ;-) Ongoing Research in Brmlab

Tools for open MRI data

Open Signal SPM FSL Open fMRI Project

Examples of Interfaces


Quantified self-tracking Citizen science crowdsourcing and various forms of data collecting

Open science/Open data approaches "Open-data project aims to ease the way for genomic research: A revamped approach to informed consent will liberate data for science, developers say. Erika Check Hayden, 25 April 2012

Gamification of Research

Sleep, SNPs, brain

Behavior & Brain (serious research) Testing Predictions From Personality Neuroscience: Brain Structure and the Big Five Neurobiology of the structure of personality: dopamine, facilitation of incentive motivation, and extraversion. Promiscuity Good or bad driving ADHD Egalitarian behavior, overconfidence, social networks, political preferences DRD4 novelty-seeking / risk-taking / externalizing / acting out genotype MAOA "warrior gene" and higher levels of aggression with provocation (Rose McDermott, Princeton)

Behavior & Brain (pop psychology stuff) Orchid x dandelion personality Helen Fisher on love Hidden Talents

101 on Brain, fMRI etc. Cognitive Atlas Brain SNPs Neuroscience Databases Brain SNPs map Basics



Critical Design Probes, Evaluation of Prototypes, Documentation


  • use ethnography to understand user needs and new requirement
  • brainstorming to generate new design ideas and scenarios
  • critical design probes and prototyping to define new problems and questions
  • evaluation of prototypes, documentation of the work