This site offers an insight into the development, research and applications of a brain-computer interface called Thought-Translation-Device (TTD). This device was developed at the University of Tübingen and programmed by Dr. T. Hinterberger and colleagues. It has found many interesting applications in the field of science, medicine, and the performing arts. The most successful ones are presented below.

The electrical signals measured in the electroencephalogram (EEG) represent correlates to the functioning of the brain - correlates to thoughts, emotions and states of consciousness.

How can we be creative when measuring those signals?

In the past decades research on states of consciousness has uncovered many interesting findings and correlates in brain signals, however, very rarely they have been transferred to useful applications. The goal of our research is to provide such applications.

One application is the Cognition Detection System which was developed as a diagnostic tool for investigating the cogitive abilities of comatous or non-responsive patients (Hinterberger et al, 2005).

The States of Consciousness Monitor will be developed to assist people during meditation in order to guide them into higher states of consciousness. Click here to know more about the research on higher states of consciousness.


The realm of performing arts could be entered by the devlopment of a real-time sonification module for the TTD. Oscillatory brain signals from various sources but also peripheral physiological signals (e.g., the heart beat) can be transformed into sound and thereby into a concert of the brain, called BrainMusic. A highly aesthetic application is the dance performance Braindance in which a dancer wearing a portable EEG amplifier is dancing to the music of her own brain.

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) are computer-controlled EEG systems, which peform real-time analysis of data generated by the brain and convert them into an output signal that serves as a control signal for a useful application such as verbal communication, a neuroprosthesis, or a sound system. Click here to know more about this technology.

Research in Applied Neuroscience

©2008 by Dr. Thilo Hinterberger