Fourth- and fifth-graders are gathered inside a cool, dark conference room. They take turns wearing headsets and face a computer screen. Calming, electronic music plays in the background.
The objective: to paint. But this isn’t exactly the kind of painting you’d imagine.
“Remember, this is your canvas or your piece of paper and this is your paint brush,” Courtney Johnson, a Capital One employee, tells a student. “And you can move your paint brush around slowly by moving your head. OK?”
That’s right — the student’s head is her paintbrush. The EEG headset tracks her movement to create pictures on the screen, like inkblots or abstract shapes that look like starbursts or fireworks.