Investigating the Use of Brain-Computer Interaction to FacilitateCreativity

David Todd, P. J. McCullagh, MD Mulvenna, G Lightbody

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Brain Computer Interaction (BCI) has mainly been utilized forcommunication and control, but it may also find application as achannel for creative expression, as part of an entertainmentpackage. In this paper we provide an initial investigation on howcreativity can be supported and assessed. An art-based approachwas adopted to investigate the possibility of achieving limitedcreativity. Subjects were asked to complete three tasks using anSSVEP BCI; a drawing task called ‘etch-a-sketch’ (TASK 1)which relied entirely upon BCI control, and two painting tasks,the first (TASK 2) with a set goal and the second (TASK 3) withmore potential for user expression. The tasks varied in theproportion of control to creativity required. Participants providedfeedback on their perception of the control and creative aspectsand their overall experience. The painting application (TASK 3)for which users perceived that they had more creativity was wellaccepted; 50% of the users preferred this mode of interaction. Theexperimental approach described allows for an initial assessmentof the acceptance of BCI-mediated creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)ISBN: 978-1-4503-1077-2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 9 Mar 2012
EventProceeding AH '12 Proceedings of the 3rd Augmented Human International Conference - Megeve, France
Duration: 9 Mar 2012 → …


ConferenceProceeding AH '12 Proceedings of the 3rd Augmented Human International Conference
Period9/03/12 → …


  • Brain computer interaction
  • brain painting
  • creativity
  • assessment


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