GSAPP’S Cloud Lab on Neural Cartography
The GSAPP’s Cloud Lab released 50 people with EKG headsets into NYC’s DUMBO to try to measure neurological activity within the urban environment. The study mapped meditation dominant activity vs attention dominant activity to essentially map where people are blissing out and where people are focused. This project is fairly significant because this one of the first projects to use portable devices to understand how we engage with urban conditions.
Though EKG data is fairly limited, the implications of this workflow are huge- as devices that can control objects with our thoughts become more prevalent and mobile, ones that produce more sophisticated analysis of emotional response than EKG are coming as well. As the guys over at the Mind Research Network told me, we have the technology to precisely monitor emotion- it’s just not portable yet. Once these devices are mobile, these workflows that the Cloud Lab are proposing will produce a quantum leap in how we understand urban space.
Read more on the DUMBO Neural Cartography project here.