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    Looking for a few words for my PhD proposal

    Dear Reader,

    I am writing a PhD proposal where I express my interest in software development for music therapy.
    I wonder whether you could help me with some wording:

    1) I would like to use a word that expresses that the software should work
    - on mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) and
    - and can be used with affordable EEG hardware*.

    * Brain Computer Interface (BCI) which measures brainwave data and transmits it to the mobile device wirelessly.


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    The aim:
    To develop a missing word software where sonified EEG is used as a circular input for the mind in order to facilitate therapeutic training.



    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Software is not countable, so you don't develop "a software."

    Why not say you want "to develop software for mobile devices..."?

    I am afraid there is not one word to describe this, unless you want to be specific and say "Android software" or "iOS software."

    There certainly isn't one adjective that describes software for mobile devices and that the software works with inexpensive EEG machines. You are going to have to state that separately.

    I don't know what "circular input for the mind" is supposed to mean.

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    #3
    I don't think you'll find one word to express those ideas precisely.

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't know what "circular input for the mind" is supposed to mean.
    My guess is that it is supposed to mean some form of biofeedback. The EEG waves are converted into sound and played to the subject, thus modifying the EEG waves. I agree it's not a good way to describe this. "Used as a feedback mechanism" might work.

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    Hello All,

    Thank you for your feedback.
    Yes, it is bio-feedback software on OSX that I would like to further develop for Android and iOS.
    The EEG hardware I investigate are not designed for serious clinical use, however some like the Emotive are mentioned in academic publications. The idea is to have the developed software working with a variety of affordable EEG devices in order to have the project accessible for the general public.

    Instead of 'circular input' I was thinking of using 'virtuous cycle'.
    The measured EEG is sonified with using Neuro-feedback Training (NFT) and gamin principles.
    The generated music should be used as a feedback for the mind in a virtuous cycle to facilitate the desired training.

    'A software' or 'software'.
    I only thought of emphasising that it is only one software I work on.
    I could probably use 'an application' instead or leave the 'a' out and keep it more general.

    thank you,
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    Quote Originally Posted by tedor2 View Post
    'A software' or 'software'.
    I only thought of emphasising that it is only one software I work on.
    I could probably use 'an application' instead or leave the 'a' out and keep it more general.
    You still can't say "one software". It's a piece of software, a program, an application, a software application, a software program ... but not a software. Similarly, you can't point to a computer (or a hammer) and say it's a hardware.

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    Thank you for the clarification Raymott.
    best, Kris
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Mar-2014 at 09:34. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    #8
    Your appreciation is welcome, Kris, but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you​ or to quote our replies back to us. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It saves everybody's time.


    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Mar-2014 at 10:40. Reason: minor typo

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