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Jesus Cruz-Garza

Jesus Cruz-Garza
Houston Methodist Research Institute

PhD Electrical Engineering

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Introduction
Jesus Cruz-Garza is currently in the Department of Neurosurgery, at Houston Methodist Research Institute. Jesus does mobile brain-body imaging, neuro-engineering, machine learning, and the implementation of these technologies in real-world settings. Please email me for full text articles, chapters, etc.
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - present
Cornell University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
June 2014 - December 2019
University of Houston
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering.
May 2013 - May 2014
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Position
  • Lead Research Assistant
Education
June 2014 - December 2020
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Electrical Engineering
August 2009 - May 2014
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Field of study
  • Engineering Physics

Publications

Publications (33)
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This study investigated the neural dynamics associated with short-term exposure to different virtual classroom designs with different window placement and room dimension. Participants engaged in five brief cognitive tasks in each design condition including the Stroop Test, the Digit Span Test, the Benton Test, a Visual Memory Test, and an Arithmeti...
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The presence of external observers has been shown to affect performance on cognitive tasks, but the parameters of this impact for different types of tasks and the underlying neural dynamics are less understood. The current study examined the behavioral and brain activity effects of perceived observation on participants’ visual working memory (VWM)...
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The researchers used a machine-learning classification approach to better understand neurological features associated with periods of wayfinding uncertainty. The participants (n=30) were asked to complete wayfinding tasks of varying difficulty in a virtual reality (VR) hospital environment. Time segments when participants experienced navigational u...
Article
Wayfinding difficulties in healthcare facilities have been shown to increase anxiety among patients and visitors, to reduce staff operational efficiency, and to increase operational costs. There is evidence that wayfinding-oriented interior design features can mitigate these problems, but the robust evaluation of wayfinding design strategies is hin...
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Immersive virtual environments (VEs) are increasingly used to evaluate human responses to design variables. VEs provide a tremendous capacity to isolate and readily adjust specific features of an architectural or product design. They also allow researchers to safely and effectively measure performance factors and physiological responses. However, t...
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Wayfinding difficulties in healthcare facilities have been shown to increase anxiety among patients and visitors and reduce staff operational efficiency. Wayfinding-oriented interior design features have proven beneficial, but the evaluation of their performance is hindered by the unique nature healthcare facilities and the expense of testing diffe...
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The control and manipulation of various types of end effectors such as powered exoskeletons, prostheses, and neural cursors by brain-machine interface (BMI) systems has been the target of many research projects. A seamless plug and play interface between any BMI and end effector is desired, wherein similar user's intent cause similar end effectors...
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This study investigated the neural dynamics associated with short-term exposure to different virtual classroom designs with different window placement and room dimension. Participants engaged in five brief cognitive tasks in each design condition including the Stroop Test, the Digit Span Test, the Benton Test, a Visual Memory Test, and an Arithmeti...
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The process of urban landmark-based navigation has proven to be difficult to study in a rigorous fashion, primarily due to confounding variables and the problem of obtaining reliable data in real-world contexts. The development of high-resolution, immersive virtual reality technologies has opened exciting new possibilities for gathering data on hum...
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Two stages of the creative writing process were characterized through mobile scalp electroencephalography (EEG) in a 16-week creative writing workshop. Portable dry EEG systems (four channels: TP09, AF07, AF08, TP10) with synchronized head acceleration, video recordings, and journal entries, recorded mobile brain-body activity of Spanish heritage s...
Technical Report
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OBJECTIVES This document aims at providing an overview of the existing and developing standards in the field of neurotechnologies for brain‐machine interfacing. It is mainly focused on systems that provide a closed‐loop interaction with artificial devices based on information extracted from measures of the activity in the nervous systems. In additi...
Chapter
Creativity and the experience of aesthetic reflection are two of the most profound mysteries of the human brain, both enabling us to continually innovate through problem-solving and express complex emotions that help define what it means to be human. The burgeoning field of neuroaesthetics offers a unique possibility to work in a genuinely interdis...
Chapter
In neuroaesthetics, there is a need for expansion in the discussion of building relationships between scientists, artists, academia, and arts institutions. In this chapter, we identify current efforts and opportunities for art–science integration and convergent research, the study of individuality and variance in human behavior, and strategies for...
Chapter
We introduce a novel convergent research framework based on context-aware, mobile brain–body imaging (MoBI) technology to track, record, and annotate the creative process of an artist as she conceived and created a new composition over a period of several months. We discuss behavioral, technological, scientific, and artistic challenges for the long...
Poster
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We have developed the first available longitudinal dry-electrode electroencephalography (EEG) dataset, seeking to investigate the brain in action and in context. This project focuses on the validity of the dataset by investigating EEG data during specific tasks in the alpha-band (8-12 Hz) domain, finding discoveries and consistencies with the curre...
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The intermingling of art and science has often been seen as equivocal, as noncommittal, the art world dubious of the certainty of science and science seeking function in art, but both disciplines very often are in search of the same thing, something we can generalize, something common among us. Neuroscience in particular seeks to give definition to...
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We propose a novel experimental paradigm to investigate the human creative process in artistic expression using mobile brain-body imaging (MoBI) technology, which allows the study of brain dynamics in freely behaving individuals performing in natural settings that promote authentic artistic experiences. Our proposed multimodal experimental protocol...
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Objective: Understanding neural activity patterns in the developing brain remains one of the grand challenges in neuroscience. Developing neural networks are likely to be endowed with functionally important variability associated with the environmental context, age, gender, and other variables. Therefore, we conducted experiments with typically de...
Book
Mobile Brain–Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity is a trans-disciplinary, collective, multimedia collaboration that critically uncovers the challenges and opportunities for transformational and innovative research and performance at the nexus of art, science and engineering. This book addresses a set of universal an...
Conference Paper
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The physical design of the learning environment has been shown to contribute significantly to student performance and educational outcomes. However, the existing literature on this topic relies primarily on generalized observations rather than on rigorous empirical testing. Broad trends in environmental impacts have been noted, but there is a lack...
Raw Data
One of the grand challenges in neuroscience is to understand the developing brain ‘in action and in context’ in complex natural settings. To address this challenge, it is imperative to acquire brain data from freely-behaving children to assay the variability and individuality of neural patterns across gender and age. Here, we share a de-identified...
Raw Data
Recent advances in scalp electroencephalography (EEG) as a neuroimaging tool have now allowed researchers to overcome technical challenges and movement restrictions typical in traditional neuroimaging studies. Fortunately, recent mobile EEG devices have enabled studies involving cognition and motor control in natural environments that require mobil...
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Electroencephalography (EEG) has emerged as a powerful tool for quantitatively studying the brain that enables natural and mobile experiments. Recent advances in EEG have allowed for the use of dry electrodes that do not require a conductive medium between the recording electrode and the scalp. The overall goal of this research was to gain an under...
Conference Paper
The restoration and rehabilitation of human bipedal locomotion represent major goals for brain machine interfaces (BMIs), i.e., devices that translate neural activity into motor commands to control wearable robots to enable locomotive and non-locomotive tasks by individuals with gait disabilities. Prior BMI efforts based on scalp electroencephalogr...
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Objective: Powered exoskeletons promise to increase the quality of life of people with lower-body paralysis or weakened legs by assisting or restoring legged mobility while providing health benefits across multiple physiological systems. Here, a systematic review of the literature on powered exoskeletons addressed critical questions: What is the c...
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The brain response to conceptual art was studied with mobile electroencephalography (EEG) to examine the neural basis of aesthetic experiences. In contrast to most studies of perceptual phenomena, participants were moving and thinking freely as they viewed the exhibit The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed by Dario Robleto at the Menil Collection-...
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Understanding typical and atypical development remains one of the fundamental questions in developmental human neuroscience. Traditionally, experimental paradigms and analysis tools have been limited to constrained laboratory tasks and contexts due to technical limitations imposed by the available set of measuring and analysis techniques and the ag...
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The mirror neuron system (MNS) in humans is thought to enable an individual's understanding of the meaning of actions performed by others and the potential imitation and learning of those actions. In humans, electroencephalographic (EEG) changes in sensorimotor a-band at central electrodes, which desynchronizes both during execution and observation...
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Although efforts to characterize human movement through electroencephalography (EEG) have revealed neural activities unique to limb control that can be used to infer movement kinematics, it is still unknown the extent to which EEG can be used to discern the expressive qualities that influence such movements. In this study we used EEG and inertial s...

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