In Defense of Neuroscience

After writing about how neuroscience may seem to offer more insight in to the human brain than it really does, I wanted to share this undeniably cool application of neuroscience: NeuroKnitting.

The creators (artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Carnet with researcher Sebastian Mealla) used EEG headsets to record participants’ brain waves while listening to a piece by Bach and measured relaxation, excitement, and cognitive load, then converted the waves into a knitting pattern. They write:

Hence, every stitch of a pattern corresponds to a unique brain state stimulated by the act of listening. It means the user’s affective response to music is captured every second and memorised in the knitted garment pattern.

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