How does the NeuroAdvantage System work?
The NeuroAdvantage™ System is designed to take advantage of your brain’s natural tendency to synchronize with pleasant rhythmic stimulations, and uses our carefully designed programs of light and/or sound stimulations to gently massage your mind, while guiding it in the desired direction.
Synchronized flashing lights viewed through photoscopic glasses in combination with pulsing tones at specific resonances will gently guide your brain into the desired brainwave state. After a short period of time, your brain will begin to mirror the same frequency as the stimuli received through your eyes and your ears. Brain Retraining can guide your brain to any desired state.
The human brain is basically an electrical router. Our brains are always generating some level of electrical activity, whether we are mentally active, resting or asleep. This electrical activity occurs in wave-like patterns, known as brain waves. In the 1920’s, the electroencephalographic (EEG) machine was invented, giving scientists the first objective way to measure the electrical activity of the brain.
Our brains produce five basic brainwave states, ranging from most active to least active:
- Gamma (30 – 70 Hz)
- Beta (13 – 40 Hz)
- Alpha (7 – 13 Hz)
- Theta (4 – 7 Hz)
- Delta (1 – 4 Hz).
Each brainwave pattern is associated with a different state of mind. At any given time, it is common to have varying strengths of each of these brainwave patterns occurring at the same time in the brain. A healthy brain will produce the appropriate brainwaves for a given situation.
In our day-to-day life, we are generally accustomed to using Beta brain waves.
When the brain’s rhythm is diminished to the Alpha level, it creates an ideal environment for learning new information, performing complicated tasks or analyzing situations.
High levels of Alpha brain waves are present when we experience a sense of well being, and Beta brain waves are exhibited when we focus, analyze, or perform calculations.
Too much Beta brain activity in the right hemisphere of the brain has been linked to anxiety, tension and worry. Our brains can produce the wrong brainwaves for a certain activity, due to stress, genetics, chemical imbalances, and the like.
The brains of those suffering from depression are not making enough Alpha brainwaves. High levels of Alpha brainwaves are associated with peaceful feelings, a sense of well-being, deep relaxation, improved academic and mental performance, and improved immune system functioning.
The brains of those suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) produce excessive Theta brainwaves and suppress Beta brainwaves. It is beneficial to this population to increase their Beta brainwaves, which is why true cases of ADD respond to a stimulant like Ritalin. LSN provides a safe and effective alternative to medication for those suffering from ADD and ADHD.
You will obtain maximum benefit by using both the NeuroAdvantage™ Trainer with our audio CD programs. In a 1999 research study, Frederick and colleagues found that brainwave effects were greater from light and sound combined than from sound or light alone. (Frederick, J., Lubar, J., Rasey, H., Brim, S., & Blackburn, J. (1999), Effects of 18.5 Hz audiovisual stimulation on EEG amplitude at the vertex. Journal of Neurotherapy, 3: 23-27.)
Each NeuroAdvantage™ light and/or sound sequencing program has been individually designed by licensed and experienced psychologists to engage your brain by stimulating the brainwave patterns that you need to fight specific problems or enhance your physical or mental performance.
Some of our programs are designed to stimulate the hemispheres of the brain individually, others in concert. When stimulated properly, each side of the brain makes its own necessary contribution to the health of the central nervous system. Repeated three or more times per week, NeuroAdvantage™ sessions tailored to address your most important mental and physical concerns have the cumulative effect of enhancing well-being and improving specific areas of brain functioning.