You can play this musical instrument with just your thoughts

Good news for people who hate practicing scales: scientists have created a musical instrument you can play with just your thoughts.

The instrument, called the Encephalophone — “enceph” means “head” — is described in a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. It’s not just a source of fun for the lazy but musically ambitious among us; the researchers hope that one day this brain-computer interface can help people with motor disorders.

That’s in the future, though. Today’s study was done with 15 healthy participants. To work the Encephalophone, they put on a cap that can measure electrical signals in the brain. In this case, the cap recorded two kinds of brain signals. One type is produced when you close your eyes…

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