Training the brain to focus and relax using high tech “toys”

NPR had an interesting article on 1-22-14 about an emerging market sells “eeg headsets” that connect wirelessly with sophisticated devices, more than toys. The article states, “using technology borrowed from the field of neuroscience, are making it possible to control objects with brain power alone. The idea is to help train users to become more focused — and relaxed.” The author describes her experience with one device, a helicopter controlled by an eeg headset, “The device was designed to train me to concentrate on one single thought as much as possible,” and goes on to comment on the obvious similarity with meditation training, “You’re doing the same thing as a meditator, a Buddhist monk might do,” (the interviewee) jokes. “But maybe we, in the West, need a device to do it.”

The article also discusses a program that uses an eeg heatset to create music, and which promotes a peaceful state of mind, and the potential use of these devices to help children with “problems focusing” to plays games that ” could help kids recognize when they’re focusing and help them strengthen that ability.”
This all reminds me of one of my favorite band names, We Were Promised Jet Packs (I don’t know if the band is any good).
The link to the full article is below.

Also, at the end of the article is another link, to a article about the musician Mikey Hart, of the Grateful Dead, who wears an eeg headset during his shows and uses it to control some of the lights during the show.
Richard Sethre, Psy.D., L.P.
Minneapolis

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