space lab

Studying THE Multisensory BRAIN

W I I  B A L A N C E  B O A R D  S O F T W A R E


Available for free upon request.


Computer with Windows operating system

Nintendo Wii Balance Board

Blue-Soleil Bluetooth driver *

Sitecom USB Bluetooth dongle *

EWL Balance Software

WiimoteLib.dll (by Brain Peek. The .dll needs to be in the same folder as the .exe file)

Microsoft .NET framework 4.0 (available for free at Microsoft download center)


* Only specific combinations of Bluetooth drivers and Bluetooth hardware enable a stable connection between a Windows pc and the Wii Balance Board. The combination suggested above works on all of our Windows PCs and laptops that are used for balance research (Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7). Other combinations might work too, but it has been reported that not all of them do.

Papers with the software

Dijkstra, K., Eerland, A., Zijlmans, J., & Post, L. S. (2012). How body balance influences political party evaluations: A Wii balance board study. Frontiers in Psychology, 3.

Eerland, A., Guadalupe, T. M., & Zwaan, R. A. (2011). Leaning to the left makes the eiffel tower seem smaller: Posture-modulated estimation. Psychological Science, 22, 1511-1514.

Eerland, A., Guadalupe, T. M., Franken, I. H., & Zwaan, R. A. (2012). Posture as index for approach-avoidance behavior. PloS ONE, 7, e31291.

Nijboer, T. C. W., Olthoff, L., Van der Stigchel, S., & Visser-Meily, J. M. (2014). Prism adaptation improves postural imbalance in neglect patients. NeuroReport, 25, 307-311.

Nijboer, T. C. W., Ten Brink, A. F., Van der Stoep, N., Visser-Meiley, M. A. (2014). Neglecting posture: Differences in balance impairments between peripersonal and extra personal neglect. NeuroReport.

Schneider, I. K., Eerland, A., van Harreveld, F., Rotteveel, M., van der Pligt, J., Van der Stoep, N., & Zwaan, R. A. (2013). One Way and the Other The Bidirectional Relationship Between Ambivalence and Body Movement. Psychological Science, 24, 319-325

Zani, G., Butterfill, S.A., & Low, J. (2020). Mindreading in the balance: adults' mediolateral leaning and anticipatory looking foretell others’ action preparation in a false-belief interactive task. Royal Society Open Science, 7.

Zwaan, R. A., Van Der Stoep, N., Guadalupe, T., & Bouwmeester, S. (2012). Language comprehension in the balance: The robustness of the action-compatibility effect (ACE). PloS ONE, 7, e31204.