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Comparing Cognitive States Using Portable EEG  Aaron Tesch (Psychology, University of Arizona South, Tucson, AZ )   P1

Informal validations of Emotiv's Insight demonstrate a potential for of non-biased identification of cognitive states in naturalistic settlings. After purchasing an Emotiv Insight (~$300) after seeing Tan Le's TED talk and thinking it opened up potential ways to engage students in the principal of neuroimaging, I sought to validate its ability to detect and identify different cognitive states (Le, 2010). I recorded cognitive state measurements using the MyEmotiv iPhone app while trying out mindfulness meditation, listening to a psychology colloquium presentation, playing video games (and getting interrupted), and two students experiencing one of my lectures in either face-to-face or video recorded learning environments. A three factor cognitive state model consisting of states of Contemplation, Transition and Participation was devised. Future validations directions are discussed.