Validating the efficacy of neurofeedback for optimising performance

It also presents the opportunity to empirically train the mental system (analyze existing strengths and weaknesses, identify foci for development, and apply a training plan) just as we do with the body.

With Versus, we’ve taken this data driven approach to enhancing performance and used it to train the brains of some of the world’s premier athletes.

These data sets are being mined for remarkable insights, like predicting injuries and fine tuning nutritional requirements.

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Neurofeedback or electroencephalographic operant conditioning (EEG-OC) is an EEG biofeedback technique used to train individuals to control or modify their cortical activity through learned self-regulation. Initially used for treating a variety of pathologies, neurofeedback has been employed more recently to improve the physical or cognitive performance of human beings. Electroencephalographic peak alpha frequency correlates of cognitive traits. Angelakis, E., Stathopoulou, S., Frymiare, J. Post Activation Potentiation; increased acceleration. Nervous System Training; improved power from the same muscle mass. So much of our progress in sports science has resulted from training the physical system simply because we’ve had the tools measure it.But if so much of an athlete’s performance is mental, how are we training them to be better mentally? Mental toughness gets a lot of lip service, but telling someone to “shake it off,” is the mental equivalent of saying “be faster.” It’s easy to say, but without proper training is nearly impossible to achieve.The purpose of this study is to assess the hypothesis of the effect of neurofeedback (the ‘awakened mind’ model) on the memory performance of subjects aged over 65. Thêta/ bêta training for attention, concentration and memory improvement in the geriatric population.

30 participants were shared equally between 3 groups: an experimental group that underwent 4 neurofeedback training sessions; a non-neurofeedback group trained at relaxation; and a ‘waiting list’ control group. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 23, 109 (abstract).

The tools to objectively train the physiology behind mental performance haven’t been there, until now.

Thanks to the boom of empirical analysis and affordability of sensor technology, we live in an era of unprecedented data collection.

In the first study they focused on the training of activity in the 12-14 Hz range (in the same range as the SMR), and the adjacent beta band of 15-20 Hz.

The benefit of training in this area could be applied to children with ADHD, who generally produce low levels of beta.

The low levels of beta have a detrimental effect these children’s ability to focus and concentrate.