Nick Merrill

I use design methods to study cybersecurity systems and the people who build them. I am particularly interested in authentication (logging into things), and how authentication systems make commitments about the nature of persons. My current work looks at brain-based authentication, in which neural signals are used to authenticate users. In the long scope, I am interested in efforts to "read" or "decode" the contents of the mind. (cv)

biosense lab (2013-)

BCI review (2017-)


fall 17 - I am teaching I290T: Mind Reading & Telepathy for Beginners & Intermediates

recent publications

Nick Merrill, Max T Curran, John Chuang. Is the Future of Authenticity All In Our Heads? Moving passthoughts from the lab to the world. nspw '17

Nick Merrill, Coye Cheshire. Trust Your Heart: Assessing cooperation and trust with biosignals in computer-mediated interactions. cscw '17 Honorable mention

Nick Merrill, Coye Cheshire. Habits of the Heart(rate): Interpreting and acting on biosignals in risky social situations. acm group '16

Max T Curran, Jong-kai Yang, Nick Merrill, John Chuang. Passthoughts authentication with low cost EarEEG. embc '16


aaronson oracle (2016) press the 'f' and 'd' keys randomly. it's easy. just use your "free will" (offline for now) (2015) encrypted, pseudonymous chat in the web browser

comp-generated gradient gifs


ffff at berkeley edu
(my public key)