Well-Being, the Brain, and Wearable Technologies

January 24, 2022
Experience & Engagement Team

In today’s world we continue observing declines in mental health worldwide while access to health care and treatment keeps decreasing (especially in low- to middle-income countries). Well-being and the brain mediate each other across the lifespan, and much is still unknown about their relationship. Electroencephalography (EEG) is the measure of electrical activity of the brain at the surface of the scalp. It is widely used to study human psychology, cognition, affect, and neuropathology. However, it is costly and time-consuming, leading to most studies consisting of small and undiversified samples. Recent technological advances have led to the development of affordable, light-weight, wearable, and wireless EEG systems. They offer fast preparation time, high mobility, and facilitate the collection of EEG data over large and diversified populations. In turn, these large and diverse datasets can help researchers identify trends, mediator covariables (e.g., age), and classify mental states.

In this ConnectIONS Live webinar recording, Cédric Cannard, a member of the IONS Science Team and PhD Candidate in Neuroscience, discussed his research project in which he captured multidimensional well-being on 1,615 individuals who participated in an online survey and used it to identify some predictors of well-being. Second, he validated a low-cost wearable EEG system (the MUSE) for recording reliable signal and spectral measures relevant for the study of well-being. And third, he explained how he used these two tools to identify an EEG marker of well-being in a large group (N = 353).

Cédric explains these methodologies and findings, and goes into possible future directions for this field. The broader applications of this line of research, in the long term, may help reduce the prevalence of poor mental health and increased disparities in access to treatment and facilitate the prediction and prevention of mental illness worldwide.

We invite you to watch a replay of our webinar, Well-Being, the Brain, and Wearable Technologies, available to all until Friday, January 28, 2022. After that date, it becomes a benefit of IONS membership and only Members will have access to the video.


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