The strangest part for me was when they gave me a mirror so I could see what they were doing. They used what look like a hypodermic needle, the ones nurses use on frightened children and adults, to release a gel like substance that would act as a conductor. For lack of a better word these needles had no sharp bit that punctured the skin, but my initial reaction was to close my eyes and count to ten regardless. At any given time I had two or three of these sticking out of my head and I wanted to laugh out loud but was worried I would ruin all of their hard work.
The prep phase was the most exciting part, once that was over with I sat in front of a computer and did word arrangement tasks. I had to hold as perfectly still as possible and repeat the phrases out loud. Once I had done this for what seemed like an hour, in actuality it was 20 minutes, they gave me a break. I was a little bit miffed at the words I had messed up for example I had to organize the following words from general to specific, undergraduate, sophomore, and individual. My brain froze at the word sophomore because it is an american term and I couldn't remember what it meant. It would be interesting to know what my brain waves were doing when I came across that, probably spun into hyper gear.
After another round of word rearrangements I was free to go but before I left they showed me an MRT scans of the brain ( not my brain) and explained what they were trying to learn from it. All I saw was a bunch of vivid colours but to them it was this complex language. I appreciated the care they took to explain everything to me and it piqued my interest in studying more about the brain. I have to say though that the part I enjoyed the most was wearing the cap, that was pretty darn cool.