Mindfulness and Neurofeedback
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…
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.
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.
The value of brain training is becoming increasingly black and white – you save money and live longer. This month I have written two separate comments on recent research backing up the value of quality brain training. However here I want to promote that the two are intrinsicly linked. Brain training in a corporate environment can save companies billions of dollars / pounds each year. High quality brain training courses for an individual can mean you have more chance of living longer…
- Stress related illness cost the UK £28 billion each year
- This is a 1/4 of the UK’s sick bill
- More than 13 million working days a year are lost in the UK because of work related stress
- Stress is thought to contribute to coronary heart disease (CHD)
- More than $475 billion is spent annually in the USA treating CHD
- Meditation, or relaxing the brain, can reduce number of heart attacks and stroke by 47%
Brainwave training is a simple and cost effective way assist with these issues.