How to select an EEG/Neurofeedback Device for University Research
Not sure what devices you should consider? The NeXus range of medical grade neurofeedback and biofeedback devices offer you great flexibility and superior data collection. Read on below to find out some of the other considerations you should make when selecting your device.
Number of EEG Channels Required
The number of EEG Channels you need will come directly from the research. You may only need to measure 2 sites (2 channels) if you are applying neurofeedback ideas - or perhaps up to 24 sites (24 channels) for qEEG. Many studies take a full qEEG measurement at the start and end of the study, and 'train' using only 1 to 4 channels.
Your first question should always be to look at whether the neurofeedback machine / device you are interested in is able to measure what you need.
We have three NeXus devices offering 2 channel, 4 channel and qEEG systems depending on your needs.
What do you need from your software? For example, can you create your own custom research screens? What about diverse client feedback or automatic protocol scripts? Are you able to manually mark the data while running a session? Can you export the raw data in the form you need?
Again think about what your protocol demands, what you have to have, and what you'd like to have. Wherever possible get a trial or a demonstration to know it can meet your needs.
Our BioTrace+ software can answer 'yes' to all the questions above, and it looks good too!
Syncing / Integrating Stimuli Data
Many research protocols require an external stimuli (whether its audio, visual, physical) in order to elicit a response. It is important to be able to pinpoint the exact moment this stimuli occurred in order to sync the data and relate the event to what was captured.
Ideally you should be able to either provide the stimulus from, or connect it directly to, your data to get accurate marks and measurements. This should be an important consideration particularly when using tools like Eprime or Presentation.
The NeXus Trigger Interface assures reliable synchronisation of your data with external stimuli.
Training and Support
Whether a first time user or seasoned professional you need to know that there is adequate training and support available for your needs.
Training new staff or students properly will mean less time is spent troubleshooting issues or finding their way through software. When you do encounter a problem you want to know that someone can respond swiftly with a solution.
We always recommend a training day in your university that covers your needs. Our Support team includes engineering & product specialists on hand by email, phone, skype and screen sharing.
The NeXus neurofeedback systems from Mind Media are often chosen by universities and institutions for research purposes because they offer choice, usability and integration that can't always be met by other systems. There are three devices in the NeXus range: NeXus 4, NeXus 10 MkII and the NeXus 32.
Current clients include:
Trinity College, Dublin
University Campus Suffolk
University of Essex
University of Manchester
University of Oxford
University of Ulster
Research & Teaching Areas:
Sports injury rehabilitation
Peak performance (Sport & Business)
Brain injury assessment & rehabilitation
Learning & Attention difficulties
Design & Product Research