Key brain systems and interventions: The generic roles of these brain systems in releasing information processing capabilities are often not fully considered in the peak performance field, though the trend is rapidly changing. These systems operate below the level of consciousness and are not generally accessible to talk-based cognitive or affective restructuring. They include the thalamo-cortical circuits that determine functions such as arousal and activation, attentional filtering and access to semanitically-based, task-related, associative memories. They also include the limbic-cortical circuits that determine capacities such as attentional flexibility, insight and self-monitoring, vigilance, and task-related, episodic memory retrieval. The operation of these systems, like any others, are subject to the normal human distribution. If their function falls sufficiently below the mean, then the conscious cognitive and affective functioning that depends on the integrity of these systems will diminish commensurately. This can include attentional, executive, energetic and motivational loss.
An important use of Neurotherapy in peak performance training is in seeking to optimise the function of these key brain systems.
Brain Health assessment and performance training: Our approach provides an objective assessment of brain function (using quantitative EEG) to provide a detailed and evidence based analysis of systemic function. This analysis provides the training targets for neurotherapy, with the aim to improve functioning of the targeted systems. Successful training should result in significant gains in mental clarity and related attentional skills, intuition, strategic thinking and balance.
A few case studies and examples: