A power packed NL Brain Skills THEME INDEX of compositions. Find it in the NL Practical Guide for Beginners document. If you don't have it.....just ask at [email protected] I will send a digital copy to you. Print it out !!! ... See MoreSee Less
Can you ride with her on an intergalactic, multidimensional, Neuroplastic creation adventure. Hang loose. Be cool. Completely crazy, cat jazz piano extraordinaire. Just fasten your seat belt and sit back. Let her take you where she goes.
Here is the next section of commentary videos in the NL Practical Guide for Beginners series. It is the wonderful Help Right Now approach for all you NL Light Coaches out there. Enjoy. ... See MoreSee Less
In the foreground: Saturn.
Tiny blue pixel on the right: All of human civilization.This photo was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which after 13 years in orbit, initiated its final collision cou...
This is a (somewhat) technical description of how the Brain as a Whole responds to information directed towards positive Neuroplastic Change. These principles underlie the functional activities of the Neuro Light. If technical information is newer to you, just take your time and work with the key words and ideas.
There are four basic stages or steps that happen as the Brain as a Whole responds to Neuroplastic Change:
1) Neuro-Stimulation (the "input reaction"); 2) Neuro-Modulation (the "reaction response"); 3) Neuro-Relaxation; (the "response relief"); 4) Neuro-Differentiation (the "relief result")
Now let's break these down to better understand.
1) Neuro-Stimulation is like giving information/food to a hungry brain. It has an appetite and is hungry for the info/food because it is the way it can keep the learning going and solve the problem. It is mandatory for self-organization and adaptation. It triggers a mobilization of self-regulation and things immediately begin to improve even at this very early stage. Yummy!
2) Neuro-Modulation now kicks into gear and all of the multiple Brain Networks (remember those in the NL Brain Gym) have an improvement of functions. This decreases the super-sensitivities that have formed as the Brain has been lacking certain Adaptive responses. Perhaps most importantly, the Neuro-Modulation stage allows the Brain Stem "Reticular Activating System" (RAS) to "reset" which is wonderful because it means that the "arousal level" that was causing all those "super-sensitivities" to manifest gets "calmed down" and normalized (whew, that feels better:-).
3) Neuro-Relaxation happens after the Neuro-Modulation does its work by re-setting the "arousal levels" and calming those "super-sensitivities. All the Brain Networks and associated circuits get to "Rest &a Restore" themselves.
This is great because now the (#2 above) Neuro-Modulation activities get to keep at work by "flipping ON" many dormant circuits to engage in Movement, Mental and Sensory Neuroplastic stimulating signals. The signals are made more potent at converting their "brain signals" into "mind messages". It is only with corrected self-regulation via brain modulation, brain rest, and adequate energy restored, can the brain rhythms be restored.
This is the stage when a person has the chance of overcoming the maladaptive learning involved in the Limbic Trauma Loop (aka PTSD) as well as other maladaptations.
4) Neuro-Differentiation is the resultant long-lasting stage when enduring positive learning can be integrated into the Stable State brain functioning. Now the new habits take charge. ... See MoreSee Less
The past weeks I have been through all the Brain Skills-Foundation-Peace sessions (Basic balance to Mind tranquil). Wonderful sessions. Each of them giving me amazing geometric color patterns, and such a sense of rest and peace. Yesterday was extra special. During most of the session (22minutes) I felt so much gratitude and love for everything in my life. At a certain point one my 'special' colleagues (in the sense of extra challenging and therefore the person to learn from the most! 🙃) came up in my mind and I sent my love. This is such a beautiful adventure! ... See MoreSee Less
More is NOT More - Learn about Hormesis and Stress and the NL. You can find this video in "Neuro Light Garnet" YouTube NL Leaning channel - look in the "DEEPER NL Learning" playlist. ... See MoreSee Less
This is the final commentary video for the Brain Exercise section of the NL Practical Guide for Beginners document. BRAIN TONICS - a super satisfying and simple way to use the NL. All the Brain Exercise STEP BY STEP commentary videos are waiting for you in the "Neuro Light Garnet" YouTube channel. Crazy good stuff. If you DONT yet have a digit,a copy (ready to print out and follow along with the STEP BY STEP videos....just ask at [email protected] I will send it to you asap. The Help Right Now section is NEXT!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Garnet is going to be back in the USA Sept 25 to Oct 15. Fly in and out of LA. Looking at doing some NL activities (to be confirmed) in SF, Portland, Vegas. Nothing set yet but in discussions.
If anyone (basically West Coast-ish) has any ideas or requests for Neuro Light presentations or explorations, let me know. Learning is always best when shared - and lots of fun too. ... See MoreSee Less
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Lanna Light Gathering - Chiang Mai, 3-5th November 2017. We are at the pointy end now of finalising monies owing for accommodation and meals. If you have NOT paid Dr Chris for your accommodation, or me your Booking Fee please do so ASAP. **Please those who have said they are coming, but have not yet paid Dr. Chris or myself your room has personally been paid for by Dr Chris, to ensure you get the best group room rate. We are less than 8 weeks now from the Conference beginning. Those who were wanting to attend the presentations in the Conference Room and at Guy's Healing Centre but are not booked with the group bookings at The Win Place Hotel, we are calling 'walk-ins'. There is limited space available in the Conference Room for you, so it is on a first arrive basis for entry. There may be room for approx 20 'walk-ins' on each day. I am sure you will realise that there will be enough to organise over that weekend, so no 'walk-in' priority list is being taken as we have no idea of who or how many may be wanting to attend as a walk-in. The two Conference Room sessions each of approx 90 mins. will start at approx 8.30am and conclude at approx noon on both the 4th and 5th of November and that each day there will be different presentations. Please note entry as a 'walk-in' to the Conference Room will be 1000 baht per person (payable at the door) on each of the two days. At this time presenters in the Conference Room will be Rich and Barnaby on Saturday and Garnet on Sunday. Also there will be separate functions at Guy's Healing Centre on both afternoons, and if you are a 'walk-in' then you need to arrange your own transport to and from. Those sessions will commence at approx 2.30pm 'til approx 5.30pm and entry is FREE. Those who are booked at the Win Place Hotel will receive the full program for the weekend via email. 'Walk-ins' can view the complete weekend program in the foyer of The Win Hotel from the afternoon of the 3rd Nov which is check-in day. We have over 30 people attending this the first Light Gathering, and we are already looking ahead to next years, so if you were unable to make this one, I suggest put a marker on your calendar for 2018 for the next - yeh. ... See MoreSee Less
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Lanna Light Gathering - Chiang Mai, 3-5th November 2017.
We are at the pointy end now of finalising monies owing for accommodation and meals. If you have NOT paid Dr Chris for your ...
The Neuro Light is a form of brain stimulation that I term "Brain Engagement" as compared to "Brain Entrainment". The NL Brain Engagement method utilizes some aspects of Brain Entrainment that are integrated into a number of other advanced brain signaling methods that have evolved forward since the earlier more simplistic Brain Entrainment concepts.
Below is a very short overview history of the early evolution of conventional Brain Entrainment. I think anyone working with the NL will feel more secure with a bit more background. You will see that Brain Entrainment and other styles of brain signal Stimulation has been active in our modern era for well over 120 years. ################
HISTORY of BrainWave Entrainment (BWE) The first known clinical application of BWE was discovered by a French psychologist, Pierre Janet, in the late 1800s. Janet noted that his patients appeared calmer after being exposed to a rotating strobe wheel that was illuminated by a lantern, and thus he used this method therapeutically as needed.
After Berger showed that electrical activity could be recorded from the human brain in 1929, Adrian and Mathews (1934) showed that the Berger rhythm (alpha) could be further amplified by photic stimulation at the same frequency.
In 1942, Dempsey and Morison found that BWE could also be induced by a tactile stimulus, and Chaitran reported entrainment effects with an auditory stimulus in 1959.
Psychological effects of BWE were further explored in 1946 when flickering light produced frequency-dependent sensa- tions of “pattern, movement and color.”
In 1959, BWE was found to reduce the need for anesthesia during surgery, and in 1975, it was found to enhance meditation. The development of BWE tools proliferated after Oster’s 1973 article on the proper- ties of the binaural beat.
Research on the effects of BWE on pain, headaches, migraines, anxiety, and stress followed in the 1980s and expanded in the 1990s to include learning and memo- ry, ADHD, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and PMS. ... See MoreSee Less
In the rapidly developing field of Neuroplasticity, having "reinforcements" of the primary Neuroplastic Stimulation methods is becoming increasingly recognized. Many of the reinforcements can be quite specific while others seem to be effective "one size fits all" approaches. One such "generalized" reinforcement is to engage in meaningful conversation with others whenever possible. This study (attached) appears to validate this recommendation. .
The rhythms of brainwaves between two people taking part in a conversation begin to match each other. Something as simple as an everyday conversation causes the brains of the participants to begin to ...
Another peek at what's going into the NL Practical Guide for Beginners video "commentary" series on the "Neuro Light Garnet" YouTube channel. If you have a Neuro Light (or might want one), make sure you have a digital copy of the NL Practical Guide for a Beginners document. Ask your NL Ambassador or just as me for one at [email protected] Also for easy access to a TON of authoritative NL Learning videos, SUBSCRIBE to "Neuro Light Garnet". What would normally cost $1000's for course tuition fees is all here for you FREE. The only thing you have to "pay" is your "attention":-))) ... See MoreSee Less
A reminder and peek into the NL Practical Guide for Beginners - STEP BY STEP video series....which is being built RIGHT NOW. There are 12 videos already in this new "Neuro Light Garnet" YouTube channel PLAYLIST. So, 18 more to go:-)). If you have the NL Practical Guide for Beginners digital document, this series takes you through the entire Guide STEP BY STEP with a commentary from Garnet for EACH STEP. Very good idea to SUBSCRIBE with (soon) over 100 (yikes) FREE NL Learning videos....all collected and sequenced....just for YOU. ... See MoreSee Less
Today is Father's Day in the West. I remember seeing my Father over 30 years being reduced to a mere shell of his former inspiring self, to being totally reliant on Nursing Home assistance for the most basic of human needs before he passed away in 2007 at the age of 85 from complications associated with Parkinson's disease. My Mother passed away the day after my father with Dementia. I have a very strong emotional and practical connection to The Neuro Light because of these insidious neurological diseases. I have benefited from it myself in so many ways.. We are all so blessed to have this remarkable wellness therapy at our very fingertips. Deepest and fondest gratitude to Garnet and Guy <3 <3 ... See MoreSee Less
Dance like no one is looking...or even if they are!!! (Thank you Stephanie for this article) ###################
Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain
August 25, 2017
As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer's disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.
"Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity," says Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. "In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance."
Elderly volunteers, with an average age of 68, were recruited to the study and assigned either an eighteen-month weekly course of learning dance routines, or endurance and flexibility training. Both groups showed an increase in the hippocampus region of the brain. This is important because this area can be prone to age-related decline and is affected by diseases like Alzheimer's. It also plays a key role in memory and learning, as well as keeping one's balance.
While previous research has shown that physical exercise can combat age-related brain decline, it is not known if one type of exercise can be better than another. To assess this, the exercise routines given to the volunteers differed. The traditional fitness training program conducted mainly repetitive exercises, such as cycling or Nordic walking, but the dance group were challenged with something new each week.
Dr Rehfeld explains, "We tried to provide our seniors in the dance group with constantly changing dance routines of different genres (Jazz, Square, Latin-American and Line Dance). Steps, arm-patterns, formations, speed and rhythms were changed every second week to keep them in a constant learning process. The most challenging aspect for them was to recall the routines under the pressure of time and without any cues from the instructor."
These extra challenges are thought to account for the noticeable difference in balance displayed by those participants in dancing group. Dr Rehfeld and her colleagues are building on this research to trial new fitness programs that have the potential of maximizing anti-aging effects on the brain.
"Right now, we are evaluating a new system called "Jymmin" (jamming and gymnastic). This is a sensor-based system which generates sounds (melodies, rhythm) based on physical activity. We know that dementia patients react strongly when listening to music. We want to combine the promising aspects of physical activity and active music making in a feasibility study with dementia patients."
Dr Rehfeld concludes with advice that could get us up out of our seats and dancing to our favorite beat.
"I believe that everybody would like to live an independent and healthy life, for as long as possible. Physical activity is one of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to this, counteracting several risk factors and slowing down age-related decline. I think dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for body and mind, especially in older age."
This study falls into a broader collection of research investigating the cognitive and neural effects of physical and cognitive activity across the lifespan. ... See MoreSee Less
The following is an EXAMPLE ONLY of a NL Waiver document. Any person using the NL with the public (especially as a service with a fee) should be wise and use a waiver form before any session with a new person. Also keep the waiver in your records. If the person requests a copy, give one to them. Do NOT use this example without having it reviewed by a person aware of the legal requirements where you live/practice, as requirements vary from area to area. #####################
The Neuro Light: I understand and agree to the following:
The Neuro Light is an instrument designed to promote a variety of Wellness states related to the Brain by providing Sensory signal based Stimulation for brain exercise, energy and learning. As such, it may be considered as a source of education, exploration and entertainment.
The Neuro Light may be considered an Advanced form of conventional Light and Sound Brain Entrainment which has been broadly available for more than 40 years to the public. Such devices may be purchased from public consumer sources and used appropriately by any person. The Neuro Light as a Wellness tool should not be mistaken as a medical device. The statements regarding the Neuro Light have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Neuro Light is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on the website, social media sites, video/audio recordings or in emails is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your medical practitioner. Your results may vary.
Persons with epilepsy or prone to seizures are not advised to use devices that incorporate flashing light sources. Additionally, there is a rare risk of unexpected seizure-like experiences in persons with no prior known seizures. It is agreed that in the event of such an unexpected or hidden reaction, neither the developer, manufacturer, owner or operator shall be held responsible in any way. During the session, report any uncomfortable sensations at any point, and as a caution, the session will be stopped immediately by moving the light source away. PLEASE ENTER YOUR INITIALS:________________.
Pregnant women are advised to consult with their medical practitioner on the use of this and any device. Use of alcohol or drugs of any kind is not advised when using this device. If using prescribed medication, it is advised to consult first with your medical practitioner before using the device. The purpose of the device is to provide wellness related exercise and learning. There is no purpose or intention to provide treatments or therapies of any type for any purpose.
Persons with appropriate training, credential and/or licensing may use the Neuro Light according to or within the legal scope of their practice.
This is the INTRO video of a 30 video series that takes a new NL user through the entire NL Practical Guide for Beginners document. You will find ALL the series on " Neuro Light Garnet" YouTube channel. I will begin posting them as I complete them. Eat'em up:-)). Print out your NL Beginners Guide and watch the videos STEP BY STEP. ... See MoreSee Less
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A superb new article on Neuroplasticity. Share it with those that need convincing or inspiration. (Again thanks to Alain for finding it) ###########
It’s never too late to learn – if you go about it in the right way.
* By David Robson
If you ever fear that you are already too old to learn a new skill, remember Priscilla Sitienei, a midwife from Ndalat in rural Kenya. Having grown up without free primary school education, she had never learnt to read or write. As she approached her twilight years, however, she wanted to note down her experiences and knowledge to pass down to the next generation. And so, she started to attend lessons at the local school – along with six of her great-great-grandchildren. She was 90 at the time.
We are often told that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” – that the grizzled adult brain simply can’t absorb as much information as an impressionable young child’s. Many people would assume that you simply couldn’t pick up a complex skill like reading or writing, at the age of 90, after a lifetime of being illiterate.
The latest studies from psychology and neuroscience show that these extraordinary achievements need not be the exception. Although you may face some extra difficulties at 30, 50 – or 90 – your brain still has an astonishing ability to learn and master many new skills, whatever your age. And the effort to master a new discipline may be more than repaid in maintaining and enhancing your overall cognitive health.
Wax tablets But there hasn’t always been such an optimistic view of learning brand new skills from scratch as a grown adult. The prevailing, pessimistic, view of the ageing mind can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. In his treatise De Memoria et Reminiscentia, Aristotle compared human memory to a wax tablet. At birth, the wax is hot and pliable, but as it cools it becomes too tough and brittle to form distinct impressions – and our memory suffers as a result.
Millennia later, scientists’ understanding of the brain appeared to echo this view. Neuroscientists even use a word to describe the brain’s adaptability – neuroplasticity – that directly recalls the malleable wax of Aristotle’s “tabula rasa”, and as we age, we were thought to lose much of that plasticity.
Childhood, in particular, was thought to be the “critical period” to make those impressions. By the end of the critical period, the brain’s circuits begin to settle, making it far harder to learn many complex new skills.
Compelling evidence for this theory appeared to come from people learning a second language. Young children brought to a new country seemed to find it far easier to reach fluency than their older siblings or parents, for instance. Yet a closer look at the data paints a somewhat rosier picture. Analysing the census records of immigrants, Ellen Bialystok at York University in Toronto showed that the immigrants fluency appeared to decline very gradually with the age at arrival, rather than a drop off a cliff predicted by a critical period. And that may have been partly due to the fact that the children simply had more opportunities to master the language, with the support of schools and their classmates. Or perhaps children are simply less inhibited and aren’t so scared about making mistakes.
Just consider the case of Aleksander Hemon. Originally from Sarajevo in then-Yugoslavia, he found himself stranded in the US on the outbreak of the Bosnian war in 1992 – despite having little command of English. “I had this horrible, pressing need to write because things were happening. I needed to do it the same way I needed to eat, but I just had no language to write in,” he later told the New York Times. And so he set about embracing the language on the streets around him. Within three years, he had published his first piece in an American journal, a path that eventually led to three critically acclaimed novels, two short story collections, a book of autobiographical essays, and a MacArthur Genius Award.
Hemon’s profound mastery of expression should have been near impossible if language acquisition had to fall within a critical period for us to achieve true fluency. But his sheer determination and the urgency of the situation fuelled his power to learn.
Admittedly, children may still find it easier to master certain skills, particularly those that revolve around the fine-tuning of our perception. A linguist may struggle to exactly match a native’s accent, while a new musician may never be able to acquire the refined perception of “absolute pitch” shown by stars like Ella Fitzgerald or Jimi Hendrix. But as Hemon shows, you can still be an award-winning novelist without sounding like a native, and many accomplished musicians do not have perfect pitch. Amazing progress is still possible in many different fields, and adults may find that they can make up for some of the deficits with their greater capacity for analysis, self-reflection – and discipline.
The scientific literature is now dotted with case studies of older adults performing amazing mnemonic feats, including a septuagenarian who learnt to recite all 10,565 lines of John Milton’s Paradise Lost for public performance. Such extended neuroplasticity also seems to be reflected in more recent studies of the brain’s anatomy, revealing that the adult brain is far more fertile than expected, and more than capable of sprouting the connections necessary for profound learning.
Keeping in shape seems to be particularly important for maintaining that plasticity, as exercise helps to release a flood of neurotransmitters and hormones that are known to promote the growth of new brain cells and synapses.
Adults are often reluctant to learn new skills - but the ability to learn new skills, from languages to art, is still well within reach (Credit: Getty)
A simple lack of confidence may present the biggest barrier – particularly for older learners, past retirement, who may have already started to fear a more general cognitive decline.
Through a string of recent experiments, Dayna Touron at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has shown that older adults (60 and over) frequently underestimate the power of their own memories, leading to some bad habits that fail to make the best use of their minds. In one (deliberately tedious) study, Touron’s participants had to compare a reference table of word pairings (like ‘dog’ and ‘table’) with a second list, and then identify which words had not appeared in the original table. The word pairings were not difficult to learn, and by the end most people – of all ages – would have been able recite them. But the older adults – aged 60 and over – were more reluctant to rely on their memory, preferring instead to laboriously cross-reference the two tables, even though it took significantly more time. For some reason, they weren’t confident that they had learnt the pairs accurately – and so took the more cautious, but time-consuming, strategy. In another experiment, the participants had to work through a list of calculations, with many of the sums appearing repeatedly through the list. The younger participants soon started to recall their previous answers, while the older subjects instead decided to perform the calculations from scratch each time.
Again, this did not seem to reflect an actual hole in their memory – many could remember their answers, if they had to, but had simply chosen not to. “We do see some adults who come into the lab and who never shift to using their memory,” says Touron. “They say they know the information, they just prefer not to rely on it.”
By asking her participants to keep detailed diaries of their routine, Touron has shown this habit of “memory avoidance” may limit their cognitive performance in many everyday activities. Older people may be more likely to rely on GPS when driving, for instance – even if they remember the route – or they may follow a recipe line by line, rather than attempting to recall the steps.
Eventually, that lack of confidence may become a self-fulfilling prophecy – as your memory skills slowly decline through lack of use. On the plus side, she has found that simply giving the older adults feedback on their performance – and underlining the accuracy of their memory – can encourage them to rely more on their recall. “I think it does offer an optimistic picture,” she says.
Sometimes life circumstances force adult learners over mental hurdles, like the immigrants at this ESL migrant centre in Connecticut. (Credit: Getty)
Break through those psychological barriers to learning, and you may soon see some widespread and profound benefits, including a sharper mind overall. As evidence, Touron points to research by Denise Park at the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Park first divided her 200 participants into groups and assigned them to a programme of different activities for 15 hours a week for three months. Some were offered the opportunity to learn new skills – quilting, digital photography, or both – that would challenge their long-term memory and attention as they followed complex instructions. Others were given more passive tasks, such as listening to classical music or completing crossword puzzles, or social activities – such as field trips to local sites of interest. At the beginning and the end of the three months, Parks also gave the participants a memory test.
Of all the participants, only the subjects learning the quilting or the photography enjoyed a significant improvement – with 76% of the photographers showing a higher score at the second memory test, for instance. A later brain scan found that this seemed to be reflected in lasting changes to circuits in the medial frontal, lateral temporal, and parietal cortex - areas associated with attention and concentration. Overall, the more active pastime of learning a new skill led to the more efficient brain activity you might observe in a younger brain, while the passive activities like listening to music brought no changes. Crucially, these benefits were long-lasting, lingering for more than a year after the participants had completed their course.
Park emphasises that she still needs to replicate the study with other groups of participants. But if the results are consistent with her earlier findings, then the brain boost of taking up a new hobby may trump so-called “brain training” computer games and apps, with study after study finding that these programs fail to bring about meaningful benefits in real life.
Although the specific activities that Park chose – photography or quilting – may not appeal to everyone, she suspects the same benefits could emerge from many other hobbies. The essential point is to choose something that is unfamiliar, and which requires prolonged and active mental engagement as you cultivate a new set of behaviours. “it’s important that the task is novel and that it challenges you personally,” Park says. If you are a pianist, you might find greater benefits from learning a language say, than attempting to pick up the organ; if you are a painter, you might take up a sport like tennis. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy the challenge itself. “The participants got more confidence in themselves,” Park says. One man went on to take photographs for his local newspaper; another woman had at first reluctantly attended the quilting class, despite having no real interest in the skill. She still wasn’t convinced by the end, but her successes had nevertheless inspired her to take up a new hobby – painting – instead. “I didn’t like quilting, but I had learnt how to learn,” she told Park.
So why not give it a go yourself and attempt to stretch your mind beyond its comfort zone? As Priscilla Sitienei – the 90-year-old Kenyan great-great-grandmother – put it: “Education has no age limit.” ... See MoreSee Less
Have a look at this article from Harvard. Please note that Sensory cues provide the Neuroplastic Stimulation - which is the fundamental principle in the Neuro Light design. (And thank you Alain for providing this article) ######################
Brain is far more flexible than conventionally thought
Study suggests balance between preserving memories and integrating new learning
By Greta Friar, Harvard Medical School Communications
The human brain has a region of cells responsible for linking sensory cues to actions and behaviors and cataloging the link as a memory. Cells that form these links have been deemed highly stable and fixed.
Now, the findings of a Harvard Medical School (HMS) study conducted in mice challenge that model, revealing that the neurons responsible for such tasks may be less stable, yet more flexible than previously believed.
The results, published Aug. 17 in the journal Cell, cast doubt on the traditional notion that memory formation involves hardwiring information into the brain in a fixed and highly stable pattern.
The researchers say their results point to a critical plasticity in neuronal networks that ensures easier integration of new information. Such plasticity allows neuronal networks to more easily incorporate new learning, eliminating the need to form new links to separate neurons every time. Furthermore, the researchers said, once a memory is no longer needed, neurons can be more easily reassigned to other important tasks.
“Our experiments point to far less stability in neurons that link sensory cues to action than we would have expected and suggest the presence of much more flexibility, and indeed a sort of neuronal efficiency,” said study senior author Chris Harvey, an assistant professor of neurobiology at HMS. “We believe this trade-off ensures the delicate balance between the ability to incorporate new information while preserving old memories.”
The Harvard Medical School study involved experiments with mice repeatedly running through a virtual maze over the course of a month. Analyzing images of brain activity in a brain region involved in navigational decision-making, the researchers noted that neurons did not stabilize into a pattern. Instead, the set of neurons forming the mice’s maze-running memories kept changing for the duration of the study. In fact, neurons kept switching roles in the memory pattern or left it altogether, only to be replaced by other neurons.
“Individual neurons tended to have streaks where they’d do the same thing for a few days, then switch,” Harvey said. “Over the course of weeks, we began to see shifts in the overall pattern of neurons.”
The experiments are part of the research team’s ongoing efforts to unravel the mysteries of memory formation and, specifically, how the brain captures external cues and behaviors to perform recurring tasks such as navigating a space using landmarks.
Superb TED Talk by (the now deceased) Oliver Sacks, the preeminent medical researcher of hallucinations. This talk is of special to anyone with any visual limitation from partial to blindness BUT also VERY purposeful for those of us with the NL working with mental visual experiences.
I would like to ask about induction of lucid dreaming and how best to approach this using the neurolight as a tool. This should be about building new brain connections for connecting 2 kinds of awarenss (wake state and dream state) . How would you approach this Garnet? ... See MoreSee Less
by Conscious Reminder I often come across people who are 20, 30, 40 years old, but that’s just on the outside. Deep inside they seem to be stuck in early childhood and still expect the love they did...
"A University of Queensland discovery may lead to new treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). UQ Queensland Brain Institute scientists have discovered that new br...
In Bangkok today and gave a Neuro Light/Neuroplasticity presentation to about 50 International doctors and practitioners at an Integrative Medicine Conference.
Gave a short impromptu NL talk yesterday at a prominent Bangkok Stem Cell center and the Head Doctor invited me to speak as a "surprise presenter" at the conference. Attendees everywhere from Japan clear over to Saudi Arabia and Germany (and everywhere in between).
Because of unavoidable hardware component variabilities, there are a small number of NL Sound files that will create "clicking" sounds. Below is how to fix them. If you prefer a "virgin" digital copy of this document (not filters by FB), please send a request to [email protected]
How to insert some new Sound Files into your Neuro Light Introduction:
In the Neuro Light, there are over 100 different Sound Files. As we have discovered, eight of them have a technical problem that is disruptive. They have some amount of “clicking or crackling” interference that is the result of an unknown hardware/software conflict.
There also may be a very small and occasional little “click” here and there in other Sound Files but that just comes with the digital territory and can include even the headphones you are using. These rare tiny “clicks” are irrelevant and of no functional concern.
So, not to worry. We have a solution that allows you to “trash” those eight Sound Files and replace them with new “clean” versions. The Sound compositions are exactly the same. All we have done is remove the disruptive “clicking/crackling” interference.
The eight disruptive Sound Files we have identified are:
2) In the bottom right corner of the NL User Interface, select “Advanced”;
3) Of the choices, select “Upload”;
4) Of the choices, select “MP3”;
5) Search in the individual sound files list for “Dependency (Advanced) – General Dependency” (this is NOT in the upper box which lists the separate Genres);
6) Select “Dependency (Advanced) – General Dependency” to move to the Delete box to the right of the box of individual sound files;
7) Press the Delete button and confirm by pressing the second Delete button that appears below the box;
8) This process will have now deleted the Dependency (Advanced) – General Dependency sound file;
9) Repeat #5, #6, #7 above for the remaining seven disruptive Sound Files;
10) When all eight of the disruptive Sound Files have been deleted, it is now time to download onto your PC computer desktop the following links – these links will give you the “clean” replacements of the eight Sound Files you have just deleted from your NL. Just copy the links and put them on a our desktop for easy access.
11) Now that these eight links have been loaded into your computer, you will begin the process of uploading them into your Neuro Light;
12) Again select the “Advanced” button on the lower right corner of the NL User Interface;
13) Select the “Upload” feature at the left;
14) Select “MP3”;
15) Select the Genre into which the new Sound File will be uploaded (eg. Notice that “Cognition” is the genre for Better Intuition AND “Exploration” is the genre for Psychedelic, etc. – you MUST select the Genre destination FIRST before you attempt to upload the specific Sound File – or else it can be sent to the wrong destination and you will NOT hear the Sound File later on);
16) Once you have selected the appropriate Sound File Genre destination, now select the “Browse” choice (the long rectangular box) – this will open up your access into your computer and let you choose the link associated with the Sound File you want to replace – do each of the four Sound Files ONE BY ONE – do not try to do them as one big bunch;
17) Repeat the same steps for each of the four new “clean” files;
18) When all eight have been uploaded, select “Update” in the lower right area of your User Interface.
Chronic Migraine: which kind of sounds like my-grain (what inner emotional grains)......Anyways, I have a friend who has major life stopping migraines she needs to take painkillers for. I would like to offer here the Neuro.. What setting do you recommend? Maybe we need to find what does grains are coming from and start there? If you know what I mean? ... See MoreSee Less
Those familiar with the NL Brain Gym, will be aware of the Default Mode Network (as one of the powerful Brain Network Reinforcements). Essentially, when we are not engaged in a specific task, the DMN becomes dominant.
It's activities are mysterious and fascinating as it enables self-reflection, memory integration, experience evaluation.....much of the sense we call "me".
Remarkably, its super low frequency range keeps wandering within itself making functional connections even during deep sleep and full anesthesia!!!
The DMN displays dysfunctions in conditions such as Alzheimer's and autism.
(Vienna, 21 December 2016) A protein known as FosB in the reward centre of the brain alters in chronically ill people suffering from an addictive disorder (e.g. heroin addiction): it is genetically modified, split off and shortened.
This modification under the stimulus of the drug results in the protein being more stable and therefore remaining longer in this part of the brain than in its original form – even as much as several weeks after withdrawal of the drug. This means that a craving for this stimulus persists.
This addictive craving is stored in a sort of "memory" function and, surprisingly, can still be detected after death. This has now been demonstrated by MedUni Vienna scientists from the Department of Forensic Medicine. ... See MoreSee Less
This is Dow (5 yr old, ethnic Burmese, son of our domestic staff). He suffered a car accident when 3 yrs old and had surgery on his head/Brain. You may notice the extensive scar.
This is his first NL session. Brain Gym, Foundation Coordination. Light intensity 3%. First for 3 minutes then a check (translate through his father to JiJi to me - three languages). All OK. He wanted more. Gave him 5 minutes of same Brain Exercise composition. All good. More again soon.
PS - had to do the same on his twin brother. They do everything together 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
The basic way most neurons communicate with other neurons is via a chemical neurotransmitter. Essentially neuron #1 "spits" at neuron #2. This foundational principle in neuroscience was discovered in a dream...well, actually two dreams to be precise.
In 1920, a scientist named Otto Lowei had been studying regulation of impulses in the heart. One night he had a dream about an idea for an experiment. He quickly jotted down the idea and went back to sleep. When he awoke in the morning, he was unable to decipher the gibberish he had written in his sleepy state.
The sense remained with him that he had experienced some important insight so the next night he set his intention to again explore the insight in his sleep.
He suddenly awoke at 3:00 am with an idea and went immediately to his laboratory and designed the experiment .....and the rest, as they say, is neurotransmitter history. ... See MoreSee Less
For anybody looking, there is a "ton" of intriguing research related to Neuroplasticity, Consciousness and Mind/Brain Light/Sound experience. Below is just a "teaser-taste" from a recent study examining the neurobiology of "internal light experiences".
Lindahl, Jared R. et al. “A Phenomenology of Meditation-Induced Light Experiences: Traditional Buddhist and Neurobiological Perspectives.” Frontiers in Psychology 4 (2013): 973. PMC. Web. 2 Aug. 2017.
Current medical technologies are combining non-invasive brain stimulation techniques that alter neuronal excitability and enhance cortical plasticity with training protocols to enhance outcomes in neuropsychiatric patients, including dementia, pain, addiction, anxiety, and depression (Nitsche et al., 2008; Halko et al., 2011; Kuo et al., 2013). In addition to improving symptoms, this enhanced neuroplasticity is also associated with improved learning, working memory, attention, and other cognitive improvements (Guse et al., 2010). Similarly, the attenuation of sensory inputs increases neuronal excitability and facilitates a period of enhanced neuroplasticity (Ffytche et al., 1998; Boroojerdi et al., 2000,2001). Whether through brain stimulation or sensory attenuation, changes in neuronal excitability that accelerate neuroplasticity can be used to facilitate therapeutic changes beyond usual training protocols. Since meditation training contains sensory attenuation components, it is possible that this form of cognitive training may have enhanced neuroplastic potential. Furthermore, the appearance of visual lights or other hallucinations could potentially serve as an indicator of a period of enhanced neuroplasticity, during which the ability to make a significant affective, perceptual, or cognitive shifts could be maximized. ... See MoreSee Less
About the "Neuro Light Garnet" YouTube channel - there are now 4 specific "playlists" that organize all the 70+ videos into 1) For NL Beginners, 2) DEEPER NL Learning, 3) Specific NL Topics, 4) Complete NL Trainings.
YouTube is being "quirky" right now and not displaying the 4 playlists on the NL channel homepage. To access the playlists, go to the Library choice on the extreme LEFT and click "Library" to open the choices of NL playlists. ... See MoreSee Less
Suggestions please I have purchased a small Samsung tablet to use only with my AL3 and NL as I see there where a few issues with the Apple products from other uses but had none myself and still don't. The reason was my AL3 was not responding on the IPad but I now believe this is a separate and unrelated issue. When I log into the NL on the Samsung this is the screen I get which will not operate the light as there are not presets in session box and no slider for light intensity also the Shut Down does not work. The Test feature is the only button that is functional Suggestions please Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Get ready.....Garnet is coming back to California - September 25 -October 15, 2017.
Anyone wanting to set up a Neuro Light "event" (big or small), here is your chance. Or if you just want to get on a "what's happening" contact list, send me a request on Messenger or email (see below).
I am just now formulating a schedule and if you have something in mind to explore, let me know. You can post here OR private contact me on Messenger OR [email protected] email.
I am basing myself in the LA area but open to other cities if it fits. ... See MoreSee Less
This is an excellent TED Talk by Oliver Sacks (now deceased) who was a medical expert on hallucinations. He has written numerous books. I would recommend one entitled Hallucinations which is (more or less) a summation of his many other books.
In this TED Talk, he discusses both entopic and eidetic Hallucinations (via a specific condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome which occurs in visually impaired persons).
For persons (like ourselves) using various light/sound Stimulation methods, the subject is of special interest. Following Sacks, it becomes easier to understand that when the Visual Cortex is stimulated (especially when external vision is either absent or blocked) the excited neurology will result in a wide variety of Hallucinations.
When it is limited to the Primary Visual Cortex the result is colorful geometric designs (the "entopic" types). When other areas are excited (such as the Temporal Lobe aspect of the Visual Cortex) faces, places and even cartoon-like scenarios (specific brain areas relate to predictable types of images).
The psychological aspect of the neurology "connects the dots" to "smooth out" these rapid partial images. The brain is always trying to makes "sense of nonsense", to find "signal in the noise".
In any case, it is a fascinating subject for all of us. Oliver Sacks has made profound contributions in this area. Check out this brief 20 minute talk....and maybe read his book(s). ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Garnet Dupuis. Can you recommend any programs to help someone who doesn't have a good sense of smell? They say that there is nothing wrong with the ENT system and that it is more brain related. ... See MoreSee Less
Professor Harari (University of Jerusalem) has written two fascinating and provocative books. Homo Sapiens is a three step history of how we got here. Good basic stuff if you have never studied developmental history. Homo Deus is where he thinks we are or can go from here. And that's where it gets dicey.
What strikes me is our current drift into advancing consciousness related technologies, novel genetics, artificial intelligence, custom nootropics and tailored hallucinogens.
The perspective is that we humans have advanced to a point that we have great success in manipulating the outside world. The next step is a focus on manipulating our "inside" world....our bodies and minds.
And here lies the caution.
A principle point he makes (among many others) is that the unwise motivations that have resulted in the ecological catastrophe we have created in the outside world could be repeated as an ecological catastrophe in our inside world.
I have been deeply moved by elements in his work and consequently reflecting on the need for respect and wisdom as we gain more and more ability to manipulate our bodies and minds. ... See MoreSee Less
I like sleep and I don't like Plato. Let me tell you why. Let's start with Plato.
Western civilization can pretty much thank (?) Plato for popularizing (what I consider) some very bad mistakes. Two that stand out (and have the same root in duality) are:
1) the separation of an immaterial soul/mind from a material body.....resulting in the "good, good soul" and the "bad, bad body" philosophy;
2) the separation of reason and emotion....resulting in the unending psychological/philosophical battle between thought and feeling.
Interestingly, both traditional Oriental views of Harmony and current neuroscience see it quite differently. Let's look at a little of the neuroscience (and consequently, understand why I also brought up the Sleep thing). I will just make a bullet-point list to keep it more simple and shorter:
Thalamus: integrates all incoming Sensory experience (except smell), safe/threat assessments and passes it all on to the Cortex - it also lets us know when we are sleepy;
Hypothalamus: feelings of hunger and thirst;
Amygdala: memories especially when associated with emotions;
Pituitary and Adrenal Cortex: alerted messages to rest of body especially associated with fear;
Pre-frontal Cortex (PFC): gets fed all the information above and acts to integrate the senses, thoughts, feelings and emotions into a coherent meaningful message that results in a decision. These decisions are both at the conscious and unconscious levels and pervade all waking moments.
OK. Now the Sleep thing.
Unlike other parts of our brain, the pre-frontal Cortex gets no down time when we relax or "chill". The only time the PFC gets to recover and reboot is during deep dreamless sleep.
Chronic sleep deprivation (even a single 24 hours without sleep) causes the PFC to slow down making it harder to recognize new information, make decisions and integrate emotions and thought. Result is you "can't see the forest for the trees". So much for Harmony.
The "take away".... it takes at least two legs working in integrated Harmony to walk and it all begins to fall apart if you don't get enough good regular sleep. ... See MoreSee Less
The following is extracted from the NL Practical Guide for Beginners document which is LOADED with specific MENU style choices for most all of your NL application needs. If you want the entire NL Beginners Guide, please make a simple request at [email protected] and I will send you a digital copy asap.
There are a few Basic Concepts or Principles that are important to appreciate when beginning to use the Neuro Light. They are not only helpful at the start but will also guide you into much deeper creativity and understandings as you mature in your Neuro Light Experience.
Neuroplasticity: The Neuro Light (NL) is the way it is because the brain is the way it is. The NL design reflects the functional nature of the brain. Our brain is constantly changing in an attempt to successfully adapt to its experiences both internal and external. This ability to constantly change and adapt is known as Neuroplasticity.
Capacity & Demand: The ability to change and adapt is not constant at all times. Sometimes it is easier and sometimes it is harder. The degree of difficulty in the changing adaption is called the Neuroplastic Demand. How ready, willing and able your brain is to match this Neuroplastic Demand is known as your Neuroplastic Capacity. If the Demand is greater than your Capacity, you will have a low probability of integrating the Demand information. Think of it in this analogy – you go to a Yoga Center and find that the classes are divided into Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Demand in the Advanced classes is going to be greater than in the Intermediate and certainly much greater than in the Beginners class. You must assess your Capacity to match the Demand when choosing a class level. The fact of Capacity related to Demand is not only true for the body in general but also specific for the brain.
Brain Gym, Brain Food & Brain Skills: The NL has three components. Both the Brain Gym and the Brain Skills are contained within the main assembly of the Golden Pyramid Lamp and Golden Box with the User Interface controlled by whatever WiFi enabled computer, tablet or smartphone you choose to use. The Brain Food aspect is offered as a separate device known as the Nasal Light. The Brain Gym and the Brain Food have the important role of building and maintaining good levels of Neuroplastic Capacity (the “fitness” levels of your brain). The Brain Food stimulates and upregulates the mitochondrial ATP source of energy for the brain (as well as offering a long list of other Wellness benefits). The Brain Gym provides targeted “exercises” and network “reinforcements” that specifically engage and enhance the brain’s ability to match the Demands of continued brain adaption and “learning”. The Brain Skills are complex signal Compositions that instruct the brain in important “learning” tasks. These NL Compositions all present a certain amount of Demand that encourage the brain to “learn” to do certain tasks based on its own innate Capacity. In short: Brain Gym + Brain Food = Neuroplastic Capacity “exercise” and “energy”. Brain Skills = Neuroplastic Demand of new “learning”.
Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced: In both the Brain Gym and the Brain Skills, you will notice the NL Compositions are ranked by degree of Neuroplastic Demand. These are NOT hard rules but rather are considered general guidelines. Think again of the Yoga Center with its Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced level classes. Because every NL Composition is an assembly of Light and Sound signals, the mix and degree of Coordination, Flexibility, Endurance and Strength characteristics in the Composition will vary, sometimes significantly. The brain will attempt to “harmonize” with the NL Light/Sound Composition signals. You may think of it as the brain wanting to “dance” along with the NL Composition. The “dance” of a Foundation level Composition is relatively simple. An Intermediate Composition is a bit more demanding while an Advanced Composition has a more complex “dance step”.
The Vector Concept: The brain is always trying to find the “signal” in the “noise”. It works to convert “meaningless” into “meaningful. “Nonsense” into “sense”. The NL Light/Sound Compositions are precisely designed with these tasks in mind. Every NL Composition is built upon years if not decades of validated neurological research into brain function. Now combined with the startling discoveries and advances in Neuroplasticity and the deepening understandings in how to use “compositional” signals to message the mind, there has never been a better time to “talk & listen” with the brain using technology. Simply put, a “vector” is a movement in a certain direction. In this way, every NL Composition has a goal and a pathway to that goal. The combination of the “goal” or purpose with the “pathway” or process is much of what makes a NL Composition so unique and effective. Each NL Composition has its own “vector” which is recognized in its name or title as well as further discussed in the accompanying “description” which is easily referenced by clicking on the “show…..” feature to the right side of the session title bar on the User Interface. Full NL Composition descriptions can also be found in the Learning Section of theneurolight.com website.
NL Light/Sound Compositions: In the NL, the Light signals and the Sound signals are harmoniously integrated into one seamless Composition. Think (as an analogy) of the Sound signals as being like the drummer and bass players in a rock band and the Light signals as being the lead guitar and the vocalist. They are not providing the exact same signals. As a matter of fact, if you listened to each of them separately, you may not even recognize that they are playing the same song. However, when combined or integrated as a composition, the result is a “whole greater than the sum of its parts”. A NL Composition is a significant advancement when compared to conventional Brain Entrainment. Classic Brain Entrainment contributes perhaps 10 to 15 % of the NL Composition approach to brain signaling and “learning”. NL Compositions are designed to either “tell a story” or “explore a feeling” (and often will blend the two for effect). To be clear, the Sound aspect of a NL Composition is NOT “music” per se. It has no relationship to just playing any musical choice you may desire to “go along” with the Light signals. The Sound of a NL Composition often uses short looping segments with a musical nature but never a full “song”. These looping segments are used to achieve a “Mood Framing” without driving the main signal message. Actually, every Sound element in a NL Composition is a union of 4 to 6 layers of embedded brain signaling that is then related to the complex Light signaling to result in a harmonious “vector driven” experience in the brain.
Brain Exercise, Help Right Now & Brain Shaping: Although the NL is very flexible as a Neuroplastic instrument, it is possible to reduce its applications down to three related approaches: Brain Exercise Help Right Now Brain Shaping Brain Exercise uses the Brain Gym and Brain Food to increase the Neuroplastic Capacity in persons having low vitality because of wellness challenges and/or old age. Help Right Now primarily uses the Brain Skills for short term improvement or alleviation from uncomfortable states of mind and experience. Brain Shaping typically uses all three (Brain Gym, Brain Food, Brain Skills) for long term changes and adaptation processes in the committed individual.
Brain Exercise: This approach to the NL has two possibilities: 1) to build or increase the Neuroplastic Capacity. It is simple and satisfying for the person with low vitality/Neuroplastic Capacity. Typically, the individual will experience a progressive and impressive general improvement in mood, sleep patterns, energy and attitude. If possible, the individual should have their own Brain Food/Nasal Light for regular daily use. As parallel to general body exercise, a proper 11 minute + 11 minute (total 22 minutes) 4 or 5 times a week will generate best results. If NL sessions are not easily available, then one or two NL sessions per week combined with some related gentle exercise and regular deep relaxation processes will still be effective. The Brain Food/Nasal Light is critical. 2) to maintain an adequate level of Neuroplastic Capacity over time. This use is called a Brain Tonic and as a parallel could be thought of regular basic exercise that helps maintain a desired level of “fitness”. NL Brain Tonics can be used on an as needed basis or on a semi-regular basis depending on life style.
Help Right Now: This approach to the NL is a great area for new NL users to begin to explore the various dynamics of the NL. The purpose, as seen in the name, is to act to create beneficial changes in a current state of mind and mood. The effects normally begin to manifest during or shortly after the NL Light/Sound Experience and reach a peak within a two hour period. The benefits will then plateau and gently decrease over a period of 12 to 24 hours. It is fair to call this approach a “short term” solution to a current issue. There are basically two types of Help Right Now conditions. The first is when an uncomfortable state arises from current but transient challenges. In this case, one to three Help Right Now sessions often resolve the uncomfortable state. The second type is when the uncomfortable state is an aggravation of an element in a chronic challenge. The Help Right Now is still capable of reducing the uncomfortable state which is greatly welcomed at the time however it is reasonable to expect that the issue may still linger at some level until and unless the chronic challenge is resolved. In Help Right Now, benefits may be successfully extended by including various appropriate Neuroplastic Reinforcements that the individual may perform in the hours and days following the NL session(s).
Brain Shaping: This use of the NL is more demanding of insight and experience as it acts to modify brain neuroplasticity over a longer period of time and often focuses on more complex behaviors and habits. Some NL users will be drawn to this type of profound wellness support which builds on relationship and commitment. Think of it as being (somewhat) similar to an exercise trainer guiding an individual through an evolving fitness program aimed at a significant change in fitness and ability. This long term approach to neuroplastic Brain Shaping is actually not too complicated if you progress in stages. The progress of the individual will act as a constant reference as to what choices and new learning to institute in their program. It is expected that the individual wanting Brain Shaping will be motivated to actually begin to modify their general life-style to support the Brain Shaping since many of the challenges are actually embedded in their daily habits.
Like Eating a Meal: I frequently use this analogy to help explain the dynamics of a NL Light/Sound Experience. Think of it like eating a meal. The NL Light/Sound Experience itself can be compared to eating a meal in which you savor the tastes and textures. You may really enjoy some items on the plate and perhaps for the others simply appreciate their value to your health. However, it is after the actual eating experience that the processes of digestion begin that are, over time, followed by assimilation and finally reach the endpoint of physiological utilization – which (other than the entertainment value of eating the meal) is the actual reason and benefit of eating in the first place. So, following the “eating the meal” analogy, do not place primary importance on the actual NL Light/Sound Composition Experience. Although it is typically fascinating and moving, the actual deep benefits BEGIN when the Light/Sound ends. It is the commencement of the all- important integration of the information that will activate the learning itself. So please, don’t eat and run!
Neuroplastic Reinforcements: There are basically three ways to create Neuroplastic Changes in the brain: 1) Movement, 2) Mental and 3) Sensory. The NL specializes in the Sensory approach and utilizes integrated Light and Sound signaling. It is possible to use only the NL as a “Light Coach” working in Total Brain Wellness. The effects will be very good and often even impressive. If you would like to extend and expand the benefits of the NL Experience, offering various Neuroplastic Reinforcements in the Movement and Mental categories can make a deeper and faster result in the processes.
Hi all of you. I am searching for a chart of brain waves and positive and negative aspects of them something simple so I can pin it to the wall to help me learn while using it. Did you find one already and happy to share it? Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
In the NL, we use a design approach I call Brain Engagement. This needs to be compared to conventional Brain Entrainment.
First things first...Brain Entrainment. The method is quite simple. Use any Stimulation source (light, sound, electrical, magnetic, kinetic, etc) and provide a regular pulse or beat. The Brain will tend to follow the beat as long as the beat is there. After the stimulus stops, so does the brain stop following.
In the science of rhythmic neuromodulation, the following is well recognized:
Brain Entrainment works best when the pulse is a sustained single frequency....for example 8 Hz. (This point is true regardless what basic single frequency you consider as a starting point.)
If you vary the pulse 8-9 Hz (a difference of 1) the Entrainment gets ened.
If you vary the pulse 8-10 Hz (a difference of 2) the Entrainment will degrade and fall away.
If you vary the pulse 8-11 Hz (a difference of 3) there will be no Brain Entrainment.
The NL Brain Engagement approach uses signal "composition" approach which are more like music or telling a story. Conventional Brain Entrainment (described above) forms perhaps 10-20% of the "composition". There are a number of ways to "signal the brain to message the mind" and the NL compositions take advantage of those means.
If you would like more information on this topic please watch the video entitled Understanding Brain Entrainment on the "Neuro Light Garnet" youtube channel. ... See MoreSee Less
Any system in balance is simple and hard to perturb. For our brain, and any Complex Adaptive System (CAS), balance is baloney. The idea of "balance" may sound good but balance is bad for your brain.
A CAS is an "open system" that constantly shares information (and energy plus matter) with any and all other systems. Our brain is never silent and even in states of apparent tranquility, there is an unimaginable amount of activity. Our brain flash dances between near chaos and temporary order all the time.
Our brain sits "at the edge", ready, willing and able to register and respond. This poise is called a "state of criticality". Fact is most all of our brain activity is devoted full time to "self-organization" and only a small fraction involves Sensory input.....and it is this small fraction that we call "experience"....and perhaps the brain itself would just call "calibration":-)))
Because of a recent post regarding Harmony as my recommendation for expressing a more idealized state for our brain rather than Balance....I thought I'd make a few more points to put it more into context.
To do so means a bit of review of the "cognitive history" of humankind...meaning how we think about "it all".
Historically, there have been five major "foundational" civilizations that have lead to our modern era. These foundational civilizations have left their "concept imprint" deep in our psyche and world view. Interestingly, of the five, only one has made it all the way to today. The imprints can be so deep that we just accept them as obvious facts regarding "Reality".
The five: 1) Mesopotamian/Sumerian, 2) Egyptian, 3) Harappan, 4) Proto Indo-European, 5) Chinese.
And yes, you guessed it....Chinese is the only one to survive all the way into our current era (some say, the Himalayan land barrier gets the credit while others point towards their "world view".) Let's look a little more and things will get more interesting (clear?). BTW - this is a just quick summary so pardon the "broad strokes".
The first four (see above) all developed their specific version of "duality" as a basis for experience and Reality. This meant many things (again which many of us consider "just facts") such as a material/immaterial reality, a rational/intuitive consciousness, a subtle soul/gross body, mundane/transcendent consciousness, this life/after life and basically a "this/that" approach to "it all". The two were antagonistic opposites in constant competition. This dualistic view leads to a concept basis for idealizing "Balance" as a positive goal state.
The later civilizations (such as Greco/Roman and Hindu) easily absorbed and expanded this dualistic view.
Number five (Chinese) approached it all quite differently. Rooted in Early Taoism and Confucianism, the goal was one of Harmony and integration. The Song Dynasty Neo-Confucianism bonded them together with the inclusion of Mahayana Buddhism.
The principle of yin/yang exalted the unifying complementarity of experience where everything played an important and unique role. The rational and the intuitive were viewed as dancing partners in reflection of each other. Spiritual practices instead of denying the body and attempts to transcend it, included the body as an indispensable aspect of self. A "non-dual" view easily matured out of this appreciation.
It may be no surprise that this approach sits very well with new appreciations from Complex Adaptive Systems theories and even Quantum Physics.
This description is a bit clumsy and falls short of any level of elegance. (Just trying to keep it short). Personally, I am fascinated at how ideas have developed over time and how we arrive at our beliefs today.
In the case of our brain, simple concepts like Balance may sound basically attractive but are actually impossible. I think Harmony (like in Music - the language of the Brain) makes more "sense".
Wondering what NL session to choose for somebody who lives life from the "no"-perspective, or in other words: resistance. And also: which NL session helps to deal with that attitude...! 🙄 This second question is clearly for me,myself&I... 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Hans Berger was a German psychiatrist best known for being the inventor of the first EEG process. His early work started after WW1 around 1919 and it was 1929 when he published his first findings.
He found the back of the skull (occipital lobe and visual cortex area) to be producing strong slow "brain waves" (10 Hz) when the subject closed his eyes and faster brain waves when the eyes were open. Because the slow ones were found first he called them Alpha and the faster ones second became Beta.
The fact is Berger's primary interest was in studying telepathy which is why most all of his early research was done in secret. He never succeeded in find any physical evidence of brain telepathy but the rest, as they say, is history. ... See MoreSee Less