Pistol athlete Teresa Chambers works with USOC Psychologist Lindsay Thornton who is measuring her muscle and brainwave activity during shooting.
Mindfulness and Neurofeedback
This is one of my favourite videos showing brainwave control. It is old EEG technology, but proves the point that you can learn to control your brainwave activity.
Watch the first two minutes to understand what the lights are showing and then see how he stops his brainwave activity.
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As well as providing expert private coaching, we also use a variety of brain-training technologies in our courses. These include various EEG systems. Some are more advanced, for the trainer to perform detailed assessments of your brainwave activity. Some are more interactive, enabling the student to learn to recognise various optimal mental states. This is a basic form of neurofeedback and we provide home-training equipment on our more advanced courses.
Here is video of a sports student flying a helicopter when their level of focus increases…
Will 2014 be your best year ever?
Would you like to boost your mental performance?
You can improve your memory or develop strong focus in your sport.
Is it time for a mental tune up?
At this time of year many people just focus on the remaining weeks of the year and then Christmas. Typically there is not much forward planning or goal setting happening for 2014 at the moment. But if you want next year to be your most successful year, you need to start planning now!
Wouldn’t it be great to work on improving your mental performance whilst enjoying the sunshine? In England at the moment the days seem short and the temperature has really dropped. So at this time of year I like to head to Florida.
Mental fitness courses will be available during December and again in January. There will be a limited few places in coaching programmes and regular training courses will be available. (training vs coaching)
This is a perfect time for new students to begin their mental training or past students to brush up on their mental skills and move onto an advanced level of training.
Are you a busy executive and feel you could achieve so much more with improved mental skills? Would you like a better memory, with key facts easily recalled? Or what if you could read three times faster while retaining more information? And sometimes we just need to learn how to control our stress levels.
You will learn how to control your brainwave activity for peak mental performance. You will be provided with your own brainwave technology to continue your brain training at home after the training. Maybe we’ll see you at the World Memory Championships next year..,!
The popular “Mind Maximiser” training for executives will be available as a “Training only” course.
Private training is available from $2,000
“If you want to maximise your intellectual and physical efficiency then Henry Hopking is your man. Henry knows more about liberating mental excellence in individuals
then anyone else I know.”
Dominic O’Brien – Eight Times World Memory Champion.
To compete at the highest level in your sport you need a solid mental game. You would like to develop better levels of focus and concentration? Can you reduce stress and control your mental states on demand? Would you like a mental programme which is designed just for you?
You can attend either a one or two day private training course based on the successful Get The Mental Edge programme.
Private training is available from $1,000
“Henry Hopking gave me all the skills I needed to control my concentration helping me to win this Gold Medal.”
– Glenn Eller – Olympic Gold, Double Trap, Beijing 2008
Dates / Location
The training location will be focused in the Vero Beach area, but other location in Florida can be available after discussion (Orlando, Jacksonville, Palm Beach)
Training days are available between:
6th – 17th December 2013
14th – 31st January 2014
(possibly again in February but TBC)
How do I book a course?
The first thing you need to do is contact us to schedule a phone call. During this call we can discuss with you which format of training is going to be of most benefit to you. We will then discuss which dates are still available.
Contact us now and make 2014 your most successful year
Research has shown that people who dream about a task perform it better on waking compared to those who do not dream about the task. (BBC News)
This reinforces the knowledge shared in our brain training courses, where the importance of theta brainwave activity in learning is discussed. For optimal functioning, new information is received in a high-alpha state. That is then memorised or integrated in a theta state. The theta brainwave is an important brainwave for a healthy sleep cycle, as well as delta.
During our training courses, like the Mind Maximiser, you learn how to access this state by increasing the amplitude of the theta brainwave at will. For anyone wishing to learn information at an accelerated rate, it is essential to be able to control the levels of high-alpha and theta brainwaves. Some people talk about the “super-learning state”.
At last there is the evidence that brain training games don’t boost brain power. (BBC report)
When doing radio interviews, the most common question I am asked is how good are these electronic games recently promoted to improve brain function. My reply is always the same…doing lots of sudoku puzzles simply makes you good at doing sudoku. There is no wider neurological benefit which can be applied to other tasks.
If you want to train your brain, you need to
Rewarding children for positive behaviours can have the same benefits as medication for children with ADHD. This is according to a recent study at Nottingham University. (BBC news report)
Whilst this study is positive, it really isn’t anything new. However it does reinforce the benefits of brain training; be that your own or helping your children.
For instance, neurofeedback training is a growing field of brain training which has been proved to have great benefit is assisting those with ADD/HD. neurofeedback is based on providing positive reward for improved behaviour. For example if you are trying to train someone’s brain to pay attention better, using neurofeedback you might reward low-beta brainwave activity and perhaps inhibit with theta activity.
This is typically done with a computer game – perhaps the spaceship flies faster when you concentrate, which is a rewards.
This research from Nottingham University is interesting as it could be interpreted as encouraging reward for a wider range of behaviours. This is perhaps something which parents know instinctively – reward for good behaviour and inhibit for poor behaviour. But it is always nice to know that science agrees with our instinctive behaviours. It is particularly good to know that we all have an option to train our brains beyond taking medication.
This is the message at the heart of what The Brain Training Company is providing.
“Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better.
Stronger and more lasting memories are likely to be formed when a person is relaxed and the memory-related neurons in the brain fire in sync with certain brain waves, scientists said on Wednesday….
…Synchronization in the brain is influenced by “theta waves” which are associated with relaxation, daydreaming and drowsiness, but also with learning and memory formation, the scientists explained in the study in the journal Nature.”
Accessing the theta brainwave is an integral part of the memory training I provide. Memory techniques on their own are not enough. During both the memorisation and recall process, you need to increase theta brainwave activity and get both hemispheres balanced.
This research reinforces that The Brain Training Company is teaching cutting edge techniques.
You can only develop a really powerful memory with integrated brainwave training. See the popular Mind Maximiser training course for more information on this subject. Here you learn the techniques of memory and how to control your brainwave activity.
Have you tried a memory training system or attended a course? Did you learn how to access the theta state on demand and have this shown to you on an EEG system?
On a separate yet related matter, did you know that you need to be able to access a high-alpha state for speed reading? So for effective learning skills, it is critical to be able to shift between the high-alpha and theta brainwave states (as well as other elements taught in the training course).
Canada’s first gold medallist at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics used brain training.
The first few reports are starting to come out of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, about those athletes who have utilised brain training technologies. Various brain training systems are used by an increasing number of National teams. However for many it is a closely guarded secret to gaining that competitive edge.
Sports Psychology has been applied for many years and is now seen is essential for any top athlete, whatever their sport. The brain training I refer to is the Sports Neurology – a new field of peak performance giving athletes an extra edge. This encompasses the maturing field of neurofeedback as well as more cutting edge systems as used by The Brain Training Company.