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A novel EEG for alpha brain state training, neurobiofeedback and behavior change

By Bruce Stinson, Chairman of the alphaeight institute; Professor David Arthur, Psychologist & Researcher  Published on 18 April, 2013 in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Abstract Mindfulness meditation, with the resulting alpha brain state, is gaining a strong following as an adjunct to health, so too is applying self-affirmation to stimulate behavior change through subconscious re-programming. Until…


Can we measure mindfulness?

Having this equipment is an asset but when very large numbers of people are involved in training or when using this equipment is not feasible then how else can we measure ‘mindfulness’ or a person’s ability to move into a relaxed, alpha brain state?

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Alpha brain waves and mindfulness: where is the evidence?

At the alphaeight institute we build training programmes and research projects which adopt the belief that when a person is in an alpha brain state, they are more ‘mindful’ and likely to bring about behaviour change in themselves, to be more creative and problem solving and hence better leaders and managers. Good practitioners, be they health workers, behavioural scientists, neuroscientists or educators must base their practice on the best evidence and so too, we should be asked…

We only use ten percent of the brain?

the alphaeight perspective on the article: You Only Use 10% of your Brain

Adam Dachis from Brain Hacks (Brain Myths Debunked by Science – You Only Use 10% of your brain) has written an article which illuminates some major shortcomings in the way people communicate and interpret ideas. It also shows how narrow focus thinking can lead to major misunderstandings. The assertion that “we only use ten per cent of our brain” has been around for a long time. People making this statement (or a form of it) mean something entirely different to the way it is interpreted in this article and elsewhere…

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Your Memory Is An Exact Account of What You See and Experience

Some of us have better memories than others, but no memory is perfect. If you need proof, close your eyes and try to imagine the face of someone you know. In fact, try to imagine your own face. While you’ll be able to conjure up a decent idea of the way you or anyone else looks, you won’t be able to …

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Habits with the brain in mind: Why we do what we do

Published June 2012
An interview with Charles Duhigg, reporter for The New York Times and author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. ‘…habits are a big deal not only in our lives, because about 40% to 45% of what we do every day sort of feels like a decision, but it’s actually habit. But equally importantly, habits are a really big deal within companies…’

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Working memory and the importance of it

Published: 16th December, 2012
Working memory measures potential to learn, and can be crucial in supporting classroom achievement, says Tracy Packiam Alloway. Tracy Packiam Alloway researches working memory at the University of North Florida and has developed the world’s first standardised working memory tests for educators…

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How to-do lists can make you less productive

Published: 31st May, 2012.
It’s fine to sweat the details on your single biggest goal, but planning each step of the smaller stuff will just get in the way…


Experiences, Habits and Learning.

Published: 14th August, 2012
Peo­ple with a lot of expe­ri­ence should be will­ing to try new things, as their knowl­edge should pro­vide more con­text and points of view, enable more explo­ration of an issue, and min­i­mize risk with deci­sions. How­ever, highly expe­ri­enced peo­ple tend to fall into the habits of the past.Once we have accu­mu­lated a valu­able base of knowl­edge, expe­ri­ence pro­vides a use­ful short­cut for deci­sion mak­ing. Rely­ing on expe­ri­ence is very fast and very effi­cient, but it is also poten­tially very dan­ger­ous…


Reading Is Good for Your Brain

Published: 14th September, 2012
The findings were unexpected: Subjects were asked to read leisurely at first, and then to make a shift towards more critical reading. In both instances, Philips noticed an increase in blood flow that exceeded “just work and play.” …