Cognition in action: imaging brain/body dynamics in mobile humans

Klaus Gramann, Joseph T. Gwin, Daniel P. Ferris, Kelvin Oie, Tzyy Ping Jung, Chin-Teng Lin, Lun-De Liao, Scott Makeig

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We have recently developed a mobile brain imaging method (MoBI), that allows for simultaneous recording of brain and body dynamics of humans actively behaving in and interacting with their environment. A mobile imaging approach was needed to study cognitive processes that are inherently based on the use of human physical structure to obtain behavioral goals. This review gives examples of the tight coupling between human physical structure with cognitive processing and the role of supraspinal activity during control of human stance and locomotion. Existing brain imaging methods for actively behaving participants are described and new sensor technology allowing for mobile recordings of different behavioral states in humans is introduced. Finally, we review recent work demonstrating the feasibility of a MoBI system that was developed at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, demonstrating the range of behavior that can be investigated with this method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-608
Number of pages16
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • EEG
  • embodied cognition
  • independent component analysis (ICA)
  • mobile brain imaging
  • wireless dry electrodes

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