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By Shelby Hatton, Neuroscience - Neurobiology Concentration
Advisor: Annette Stowasser
Presentation ID: 161
Abstract: The use of the electroencephalogram (EEG) has become common practice in research and health related fields focused on understanding the neurophysiology of the brain and its disorders. Many studies highlight standards, policies, and protocols for EEGs used at the academic level and healthcare. However, proper guidelines for the educational use of EEGs in teaching labs have yet to be defined. This paper aims to establish a broadly applicable setup needed in order for students to comprehend the complexity and variability of brain activity as detected by EEGs. In this study, 4 different setups, a 1 channel, 2 channel, 8 channel, and 16 channel EEG, were tested with a basic eyes open and eyes closed test. Alpha to Beta ratios were then analyzed and compared to fundamental known concepts such as distribution, origin, total power, and arousal of the different waveforms to determine the validity and usability of the setups in undergraduate education.