Mind/Brain Interaction with Technologies


At the end of the course students will obtain:

  • Knowledge about the theoretical foundation of basic and cognitive psychophysiology.
  • Ability to critically reflect on the practical techniques of psychophysiology.
  • Skills relating to the proper way of using neurofeedback, biofeedback and neuromarketing.


The course analyses basic and cognitive psychophysiology and their practical applications in the domain of technology. Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs), that use mental states and brain signals to communicate and control external equipment, will be presented. BCIs offer alternative inputs to people with cognitive and physical disabilities, allowing them to function effectively in traditional environments, to increase participation in daily tasks and activities, to promote social inclusion, self-determination and to improve their quality of life. BCIs were developed and applied with the main purpose of controlling external equipment, such as a cursor or a wheelchair, and restoring the ability to communicate for those patients with severe or complete motor paralysis. However, BCIs have other potential in clinical settings, such as assessment, rehabilitation and training in cognitive and psychological fields. Among the various applications of psychophysiology, the principles and practice not only of neurofeedback, but also of biofeedback and neuromarketing, will be examined.


The evaluation will be assessed on the basis of a written report and its oral presentation.


Slides provided by the teacher.