The BiSC project, in collaboration with the Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit of the University of Barcelona, has begun a new follow-up visit at 24 months. This visit will include an electroencephalography (EEG) test while the children listen to sounds and play a learning game in front of the computer.
EEG is a completely safe, non-invasive technique with no side effects that will allow us to measure the electrical activity of the brain while children perform the various tests. This will allow us to assess the impact of pollution on the functioning of brain circuits crucial to cognition and perception.
In order to do the EEG, children will need to wear a helmet (similar to a swimming cap) with sensors. These sensors, with a little cream, allow us to measure the electrical activity of the brain. Then, as they watch chapters of their favorite drawings, the children listen to different sequences and sound patterns. Finally, they play a little game on the computer.
The family is present throughout the procedure and the child is sitting on the lap of the parent. The session lasts about 60 minutes. The only contraindication to the test is the presence of fever or any discomfort that prevents children from being calm. The test does not pose a danger to the child.
We have attached here the link to the video of the session explanation in case you want to have a look!
Once again we would like to thank all the volunteer families for their collaboration and patience.
We look forward to seeing you in this new session!
The text has been written by Ernesta Mas, a postdoctoral researcher.