How to use the neuro-active CD for optimising learning
After EEG spectral analysis measurements have been conducted at the institute, a CD is produced which is tailored to your individual needs. The music is adapted individually according to the results of the EEC spectroanalysis measurements.
How the neuroactive CD works
The music acts upon the patient at different levels. One of the effects of the music is to raise neurotransmitter distribution in the brain, above all acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neuro-
transmitter which predisposes the brain to the learning process.
You will sometimes hear crackling or other noises – these have been included intentionally and serve to reinforce what has been learned. Since some frequencies have been incorporated into the music at a high-frequency range (ultrasound) you will hear from time to time a noise; this is intentional, and a basis of the neuro-active effects.
The music also “moves” from one ear to the other, accompanied from time to time by changes in volume. This helps to synchronise the two hemispheres of the brain via the corpus callosum (a link between the two hemispheres). This lateralisation enables the brain to work efficiently and to develop new potential for mental and creative activity.
Using the CD
You listen to this CD via headphones while learning or while engaged in an activity in which you want to improve your performance. It is important that while you are listening you are engaged in some activity, such as learning or doing something in which you want to improve your performance. Listening while performing such a task causes new paths to be created in the brain. Learning becomes easier and more enjoyable.
You should listen to the CD two to three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. After one or two weeks you can increase the listening time. Because you listen while learning, you do not need any extra time for the CD. If you use it regularly every day, it can lead to improve-
ments in a relatively short time. A regular use is important; the work with the CD is to be understood as training. Also, an important factor for the success is a positive atmosphere and an attitude of confidence and positive thinking.
Listening to the CD via speakers does not have any individual neuro-active effect. If you copy the CD onto a tape, the music’s special effects will be lost because the cassette does not transmit the high-frequency sounds.
Example applications of the CD
- School children can learn vocabularly, practise dictation, write essays or solve maths problems while listening to the CD. Students can use the CD while studying.
- If you want to improve your professional skills, e.g. learn a language or practise using a computer, you can listen to the CD while you work.
- You can use the CD to increase creativity: while writing, painting, composing, visualising.
- Top professionals such as managers or sportspersons can use it as an efficient, effective way to improve performance.
When using the CD you should change from time to time your learning mode, i.e. combine your listening the CD with both absorbing and actively repeating knowledge. For example, retell what you have read, mark keywords, make an outline etc. For children with serious concentration and attention problems, new techniques which help to learn independently can be built up after the first improvements of the symptoms, when the child has become more quiet and is capable of concentrating.
We also recommend to combine the training sequences with movements. These may be therapeutical or stimulating physical exercises, or simply sitting on an air cushion or a gym ball when learning. These are only some examples. During your visit at our institute you will receive more information how to use your CD.
- The headphone earpieces should cover the entire ear and rest on top of the skull bones. They should have no openings on the outside as only closed earpieces can generate the necessary sound pressure. The equipment should have a frequency range up to 20,000 Hz.
- Before putting on the headphones, please check the volume, which should be low to medium. To ensure optimum effect, the music should not be excessively loud. If the volume is too high, this could damage your hearing.
- Make sure that the music “moves” between the right-hand and the left-hand earpiece.
- Wireless headphones can be useful because there is no cord to hamper you as you work. Before listening, please, make sure that the optimal reception frequency is selected: You then should have a clear reception without disturbances and the music should move between the two earpieces. Infrared headphones should only be used if they transmit the necessary frequence range up to 20,000 Hz.
- Please make sure the left-hand earpiece is on the left ear and the right-hand earpiece on the right ear. There will be markings on the headphones to indicate which side is which.
- Please, don’t use the CD immediately before sleeping; this is especially important for children.
We hope you enjoy, and have great success, using your CD.