2014 Corvette Stingray and BrainAvatar™ 4.0
The online web page for this unprecedented event can be found on the Corvette Biometric Reverse Test Drive Home Page
General Motors has always been a leader in innovation, and no machine or symbol is more iconic than the Corvette Stingray. So when GM decided to create a revolutionary “reverse test drive,” there was only one choice for state-of-the-art live brain monitoring technology to show drivers’ mental states and reactions to the unique experience of driving a Stingray on a profession track. A team of over 100 professionals converged on the Spring Mountain track in Western Nevada, to record and chronicle this first-time reverse test drive, in which the drivers do not test the cars, but the cars test the drivers. Six drivers were put into the latest prototype of the 2014 Corvette, and monitored with biometric and brainwave data, while they put the cars through their paces, or rather, the cars put the drivers through their paces. The enormous effort, which was masterminded by General Motors’ executive team, took the collaboration of advertising agencies McCann in New York and Commonwealth in Detroit, plus B-Reel productions of California, and a host of specialists in photography, lighting, guidance systems, and remote control, not to mention driving and track management. A fleet of over 100 prototype 2014 Corvette Stingrays was on hand for this project, managed by a team of expert mechanics and engineers. This project required the best of the best, and nothing less was acceptable. The drivers, who came from a wide range of backgrounds, were first trained in how to drive the innovative vehicle, and how to approach serious track driving. After the initial training, they were fitted with biometric monitoring devices and a full clinical-grade EEG cap, to prepare for the “real” experience. Drs. Ken and Landon Steele of Axion Mobile Imaging conducted the physical examinations and supervised the biometric monitoring. Dr. Thomas Collura,. along with Terri Mrklas and Bill Mrklas, of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc ., attended to the needs of the whole-head EEG recording and monitoring, which provided an essential key to the experience. Given that this was a first-ever test experience, no one knew what to expect. Without exception, each driver exhibited his or her unique physiological and brainwave profile before, during, and after the driving experience. It was possible to confirm, using objective scientific data, that, as GM claims, “Car and driver become one.” The individual results showed unique profiles such as the following: A professional “precision” driver (Craig) whose EEG showed that he remained an a relaxed and focused state, while leaving the work to those parts of the brain that serve vision, and motor control. The driver was able to drive precisely and automatically, without a mental burden. A design and style blogger (Evan), whose brainwave showed him continually “scanning” and interpreting his environment, in response to the unique circumstances and experiences. As he drove, he settled into a state of experiencing confidence and a sense of control. A female fitness blogger (Kelly) who showed signs that her brain was processing a lot of information, and maintaining extreme alertness and awareness. As she drove, she became more comfortable, and became one with the experience. At the end of the drive, her brain showed that she felt safe, and wanted to continue. Brainwaves that are associated with the desire to remain still were notably absent. An entrepreneur (Philip) who was inexperienced, his first time on the track, and went out excited and aggressive. He had a couple of close calls, but over time, became more comfortable and was able to push himself even more. A design and style blogger (Terry) who approached the experience with caution and an eye for detail. As he drove, his anxiousness settled down as he experienced confidence and a union with the machine, that showed clearly in how his body and brain were performing. A software genius and semi-professional “endurance” driver (Kaz) whose EEG also showed a relaxed, contained state, and relatively little “high-level” processing or thinking. This explains how he is able to drive for hours, without fatigue. When the last day was over, everyone knew they had participated in something that had never been done. Science, journalism, and automotive innovation came together for the first time, showing that a car is more than a car, and a driver is more than a driver. When the two are put together, what happens is more than just a driver driving a car. The driver and car became one, and there was no doubt that it had been proven
NorTech Innovation Award
BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. was awarded the NorTech Innovation Award for BrainAvatar 4.0
Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine Article "Faster. Lese Costly. Higher resolutions. Those are the advantages
News 5 WLWT.com a Cincinnati, Ohio New Station Talks about PSTD with BrainAvatar software displayed in the background.
POSTED: 5:50 pm EDT March 23, 2012
UPDATED: 6:22 pm EDT March 23, 2012
Post-traumatic stress disorder can have long-lasting effects for those who have it.
Neurofeedback Story on NBC NEWS
NBC Reports on a woman who uses neurofeedback to manage her migrane headaches.
Neurofeedback News Story from San Antonio TX
KENS5 reports on the uses of neurofeedback brain training.
BrainMaster BrainTrack is Featured on BBC Series
BrainTrack, BrainMaster's competitive EEG racing track, was recently featured on the BBC Series Clever V Stupid.
“MythBusters” turns to BrainMaster for EEG in Mind Control Testing
Discovery Channel’s MythBusters have built their reputation, and a television career, on bringing serious scientific investigation to some not-so-easy projects. These experienced special effects engineers and their team have found their place in life by finding the truth about myths, related to everything from fire and electricity to explosions, jumping cars, and homemade weapons. Their mission is to debunk, prove, or otherwise conclude what can be said about myths and legends using experiments, simulations, and (sometimes unbelievable) tests, and they do it with creativity and zeal.
BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. and Applied Neuroscience, Inc (ANI) are pleased to announce the availability of a new tool for use in EEG neurofeedback training, assessment, and related work. The "Z Score DLL" training system is a joint development, that provides real-time neurofeedback training, using state-of-the-art signal processing, the NeuroGuide normative database analysis, and new computational methods.
The Z Score DLL provides, in real time, a total of 72 real-time values computed on a continuous basis, by the ANI "Z Dll" software. These calculations are performed more than 30 times per second, and provide data useful for training, as well as for assessing the current condition of the trainee, via. their normative EEG scores on any of the 72 components. These consist of Z scores for the following estimators: Absolute Power (2 channels, 8 bands), Relative Power (2 channels,8 bands), Power Ratios (2 channels, 10 ratios), Amplitude Asymmetry(8 bands), Coherence (4 bands), and Phase Difference (8 bands).
Z scores provide an instantaneous measure of how the trainee's EEG compares with a normal population. Scores are based upon the EEG signal, the sensor locations, the age of the trainee, and whether eyes are open or closed. With this information, the Z Score system is able to provide values of 0.0 (normal), positive (above normal) and negative (below normal) scores. A Z Score of -1.0, for example, means the trainee is 1 "standard deviation" below normal for their population. So when a trainee sees an alpha level of8.5, for example, and asks "what does it mean," it is now possible to express this measurement (and 71 others) in terms of comparison to the normative population. This makes it possible to construct protocols that are "aware" of how the trainee fits in, and how their EEG values compare with normative. This is of considerable value in amplitude and power measurements, but is even more essential for coherence, phase, and asymmetry scores. Since it is not possible to easily tell whether a given trainee's coherence is "OK" without a normative population, this system now opens the door to more meaningful, more responsive, and more confident EEG training.
These Z Scores provide, in real time, similar (and consistent) data as provided in a QEEG (e.g. NeuroGuide) when a QEEG is used for normative statistics. The difference is that now these Z scores are available in real time, and are used in tandem with existing clinical neurofeedback software. It thus becomes possible to perform a mini-assessment of selected variables, during the training. Z scores can also be used to create feedback events such as sounds, games, BrainMaster's Flash games, set inhibits or artifact detection, or control other interfaces, events, or devices. Z scores can be processed and used in an unlimited array of possible protocols, using the fact that "0.0"means "normal", "1.0" means "a bit high", "2.0" means "very high", "3.0" means "extremely high", and so on. In other words, once a Z score training protocol is set up for one trainee, it is automatically adapted to other trainees, by entering their age, eyes open/closed condition, and the sensor locations. The normative statistics take care of tailoring the protocol to the individual, so that thresholding and related matters are dealt with automatically.
Using these Z scores, it is possible to design training and assessment protocols using the BrainMaster "Event Wizard" and "Math Wizard" interfaces. These tools allow users to design protocols using a very flexible, text-oriented user interface that includes access to more than 100 built-in BrainMaster training variables (Amplitude, Frequency, Percent Energy, Percent time over threshold, Coherence, Similarity, Phase, Variability, etc),and now the additional 72 Z scores. The Event Wizard allows users to design up to 16 complex events, each of which is a protocol on its own. These events are designed using a "point and select" user interface. All the design of the processing elements is preconfigured. This provides the user with access to literally thousands of possible protocols, at the click of a mouse.
Thus, by training to Z scores instead of (or in addition to) raw scores, it is possible to normalize EEG values in real time, without the need for repeated QEEG recordings. For example, instead of training simply to a coherence metric, one could train to the Z score, and can train within a set of limits, rather than simply a threshold. It is also possible to combine Z scores with any other variables during training, to provide protocols that are complex in design, yet simple to use.
It is possible, for example, to train to coherence or phase scores, and to watch the scores in relation to the normative population. This takes the guesswork out of coherence and related training, and removes the need for repeated QEEG measures, to track the trainee's progress and condition.
The "Math Wizard" further extends the BrainMaster 2.5SE training capabilities by allowing the use of hundreds of expressions and variables in simple equations, providing training flexibility and power. Ratios, logarithms, combinations of variables, yes/no decisions, and so on, are all available via. the Math Wizard. Even Z scores can be used in mathematical expressions, creating new training variables whose scope and power are virtually unlimited. One can, for example, create a training variable that says "go" only when all coherences are within their normal range. Or one that gives special sounds when certain coherences go above (or below) their current levels. Or, in conjunction with a MINI-Q, one could scan the entire head for brief periods of time, normalizing coherences at each pair, for a full-head training capability. These applications are only the tip of the iceberg, considering the breadth and depth of new protocols that are now possible.
It is the policy of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. and Applied Neuroscience, Inc., to work collaboratively, to mutually develop and validate state-of-the-art signal processing and feedback technologies, in the area of EEG feedback. We are proud to offer this latest generation of collaborative development, and to make it available to the clinical community.
MorrisonDance & BrainMaster presented “INSIDE” - a collaboration of dance and EEG Brainwave Technology
Dancer moves with surgical precision
BrainScape JTFA Display Added to BrainMaster 2.5 software
BrainMaster Technologies, Inc. has added a new spectral display to the 2.5 software. This display employs a joint time-frequency analysis (JTFA) to produce a 3 dimensional representation of EEG activity. The display has selectable range and scale, and incorporates a proprietary multiple-order spline interpolation method. This display provides a sensitive representation of signal dynamics (waxing and waning, bursting, etc.) of even short, high-frequency EEG activity. Events that are undetectable using conventional waveform or spectral displays can be clearly seen, and trained, when using this type of display. This display is also particularly useful for practitioners and students who require a clear display of EEG activity over an extended period, such as hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, meditation teachers, and personal coaches. The display can be used at any time in 1 or 2-channel mode, including either live or playback sessions. It is useful both as a training tool in real-time, and as a tool for analysis and documentation of recorded sessions. It is also useful during or after a MINI-Q session, as a means for displaying the EEG dynamics of each of the pairs of sites. With a MINI-Q, homologous EEG pairs can be analyzed and displayed to reveal asymmetries, synchrony, and other significant interhemispheric EEG similarities and differences. For an example of the use of the BrainScape in 2-channel mode, including the detection of brief synchronous gamma bursts, see the following report. This shows EEG data acquired using the MINI-Q, and used in both conventional and channel sum/difference mode, to differentially detect (and train) synchronous EEG activity such as alpha and gamma. Click here to download the paper Detection of Synchronous EEG Events using ChannelSum/Difference Mode and JTFA
BrainMaster 2.0SE Available - No Cost Upgrade for 2.0 Users
BrainMaster Technologies is proud to announce 2.0SE, a no cost upgrade for all 2.0 users. 2.0SE offers new features and capabilities along with continued high-quality performance and output. Our new simplified installations instructions will make it simple and easy for you to take your BrainMaster to the next level. Features include improved baseline/run length control (1 second resolution); additional built-in folders for Assessment Asymmetry, and others; additional comment/notes folders; on the fly threshold adjustment per channel and frequency adjustment (+/- 0.5 Hz); two coherence modes (training/similarity and assessment/pure); realtime phase calculation display, training; improved pause control, sound indication, artifact detection and indication, autothreshold calculation and response; improved screen color for user band; improved control panels for training windows and additional software; improved BoxFlow, TrendView and Thermo Windows. New circles screen with 2-channel display; additional sound modes (phase, complex); EEG audio (alpha/theta sounds) added to AVI options; improved review screen capabilities, and improved Excel file output (standard deviation, modal frequency, phase). Plus a simplified Session Librarian Control. The 2.0SE is a no-cost upgrade for all 2.0 users.
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