Monday, December 24, 2018

How You can keep Your Mind Entrained while Studying

How You can keep Your Mind Entrained while Studying

During the 1990’s I was involved in EEG Neurofeedback (NFB) training. As part of their EEG/NFB sessions, clients received audio and tactile frequency stimulation for assisting in achieving the targeted brainwave state. It was during this time that eyes-open lightframes became available. Now with the ability to add a third modality, pulsed light stimulation through eyes-open lightframes, clients were able to more quickly achieve their NFB training goals.

After experiencing positive client reaction in the neurofeedback community, it was apparent other light and sound machine owners could also benefit. As one client described her experience: “I use my light and sound machine with eyes open to help me concentrate on writing promotional copy, and editing copy. The results were magnificent! I would dial in a theta brainwave frequency on my DAVID Smart to help me get the job done; and I completed the task faster and with more clarity than I imagined. Actually I was stunned at the results. Not just that, this practice is a type of brain training, which taught me how to use my brain potential in super concentrated ways. I was also doing medical text editing, and would find mistakes, misspellings, and logic errors that no body else picked up”.

The consequence of this one manufacturer creating an eyes-open lightframe has become wide spread as many different manufacturers offer this option and the ‘viewhole’ concept has been well received and promoted by the neurofeedback community. To use eyes-open lightframes is a very simple task. 

Just follow the basic mind map outlined by neurologists and therapists regarding the four general brainwave frequency states. Brainwave frequencies are described in terms of hertz (Hz), or cycles per second, which are measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). The four general categories of brainwave frequencies and their main characteristics are: Beta (13+ Hz) is an alert state, Alpha (7 to 12 Hz) is a relaxed state, Theta (4 to 7 Hz) is a visual state and Delta (0.5 to 4 Hertz) is a sleep state. All of these brain waves are produced at all times. However, a predominance of a specific desired brainwave state can be created through brainwave entrainment, which allows a person to maximize his or her capabilities towards achieving academic excellence.

The first time you add open-eyed or viewhole lightframes to your light and sound session, dial in the frequency session you wish with your light and sound machine in manual mode to match the nature of your targeted project. For learning and retaining new information it is recommended that you try a theta learning session with session breaks every 45 minutes. Remember to adjust the light intensity so it is not too bright (brighter does not make it more entraining) which could otherwise irritate your eyes; and away you go...
Some quick examples are to use eyes-open lightframes while in the delta brainwave state for doing candle meditation; in theta for learning with high memory retention; in alpha for reading and in beta to write, recharge and focus. There is no precise frequency structure, as the four defined brainwave zones represent a simplistic model of how the brain tends to function in most people, and does not consider individual variation in brain function; so experiment, experiment, experiment...

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