Human-Brain Communication

It has been increasingly apparent to me that ‘you’ and ‘your brain’ are distinct entities. Studies involving persons with a surgically removed corpus callosum (no connection between the hemispheres) have suggested that the two hemispheres can operate independently, often having access to different information and improvising when one behaves in a way that the other doesn’t expect. This leads me to believe that attempting to communicate with the brain might be a fruitful venture.

This project, a flash game titled Human-Brain Communication, is a first attempt at such communication through the use of ambiguous visual figures. These figures, such as the dancing girl, were popularized on the internet for their ability to be viewed as both spinning clockwise and counter-clockwise. It is often equally possible to see it either way and the brain can ‘switch’ perceptions from one to another. This game enters into an agreement with the brain where it is told to choose a perception based on yes/no responses, i.e. choose a clockwise perception if the answer is yes and a counter-clockwise perception if the answer is no. Participants can type in their questions and receive a response from their brain. As with all communication, it is never easy to begin forming a connection. In the game, I encourage people to be patient with their brains as it might not be used to this kind of direct encounter.