Fascinated by all the activities happening in the house I realised this was a prime opportunity to record the brain activity of makers possibly in flow. Toni was to be my first guinea pig and once set up with the headset having run through the ‘training’ in the software we set abut filming her whilst doing some stitching. By filming Toni’s hands and recording my screen tracking the brain activity I was able to see any change in state in relation to physical activity.
Toni’s states seemed pretty steady, she was clam and engaged for most of the recording and her mediation levels were consistent. Toni did admit she struggled to capture the same ‘flow’ she thinks she experiences when stitching in her studio though.
Next I was keen to see what was happening in Shelly’s mind while she live coded and compare the states when coding and collaborating with herself (as she had described in her talk) to the states when collaborating with others. Luckily Alex was on hand for a joint session.
I felt pretty privileged to be the single audience member to a 46 min session and kind of wished I’d worn a headset myself as I could sense my own excitement levels fluctuating throughout, partly affected by the vibrations from the speakers, partly my reaction to watching the changing data from Shelly’s headset.
Hwa was also a keen volunteer for the donation of data and we recorded her doing origami. She made one piece with her eyes closed, a crane, which is a sequence she is very familiar with, and then made another less practised fold with her eyes open.
The results from all the recordings were really interesting with clear moment so excitement and concentration. I know have to work out how to interpret and use the data through pattern and code.