Dr. Nina Kraus leads a diverse team of researchers and clinicians at The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (Brainvolts) as they investigate the way brains process sounds, finding that auditory ability is a strong indicator of brain health.
Brainvolts has discovered how to measure the biology of auditory processing with unprecedented precision. Together they extend science beyond the laboratory to schools, community centers, and clinics.
Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, the Brainvolts team advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy.
IM Provider, Course instructor and researcher Dillen Hartley, OTR/L presented at the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit. He discussed Interactive Metronome Applications for Retraining the Brain in ASD,[...]
It takes time to develop reading and language...well, not just time. More specifically, it takes "timing." Researchers at Northwestern University have linked a child's ability to synchronize with a drummer to their reading fluency and language development, both of which form the basis for all future learning. So, what can you do to help children get their groove back? Check out the research to find out how rhythm and timing training might just be the key to unlock your child's brain.
Sadly, many children go through injuries and conditions that would bring grown men to their knees. Often times, their good spirits and determination make all the difference in treatment. That was the case for Jimmy! After surgery to remove a brain tumor left Jimmy feeling weak and unsteady, but he wasn't going to let it sideline him. He set his mind to getting back to being the active, happy-go-lucky kid he wanted to be and nothing was going to stop Jimmy!
Brain health and neuroplasticity have become all the rage. Lumosity commercials are a mainstay on cable television, often interrupting tv shows like Brain Games. There is no end to the options when it comes to brain training, but do any of these programs work? Scientist say yes, but there could be a catch. Read more to find out how IM's unique and patented system challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, leading to long lasting improvements in functional brain networks.
Dr. Kevin McGrew, or the Time Doc, is the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP). He is also the Research Director for the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation (WMF) and a Visiting Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He received a master’s degree in School Psychology at Moorhead State University and a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He was a practicing school psychologist for 12 years and then spent 10 years as a Professor of Applied Psychology at St. Cloud State University. Dr. McGrew currently conducts research in the areas of theories of human intelligence, personal competence, intelligence testing, school learning, and the application of neurotechnology to cognitive performance and learning. He has published over 70 different journal articles, books or book chapters in his areas of expertise. Additional information can be found at his MindHub® web portal (www.themindhub.com).
Dr. McGrew is a member of the IM scientific advisory board and he explains his theory on brain timing in our new IM demo video. Dr. McGrew also has several other new projects underway, including co-authoring the fourth edition of the Woodcock-Johnson battery (WJ IV), a comprehensive, individually administered battery of cognitive, language and achievement tests. Find out more about the Woodcock Johnson: Fourth Edition, at www.wj-iv.com.
Two clocks!? Holy cow, I'm already late according to the one on the wall. New research suggests that the brain actually has two clocks working simultaneously, and possibly competing with each other. Find out why timing is even more important now than ever.
Interactive Metronome Among Leaders in Brain Health
Over the past decade there has been an explosion of brain training products in the marketplace. Although most of the industry’s pioneers are using brain training for clinical therapy, the success of sites like Lumosity.com is a clear sign that brain health is a growing field and the technology is becoming increasingly consumer friendly. As a leader in the field of brain health, Interactive Metronome (IM) is focused on providing practical and measurable gains in baseline brain function. We are proud to spotlight Mary Schlesinger, an IM Provider in Fairfax, VA. Mary was recently featured during a round table discussion on "The Resilient Brain" radio blog. Read more to find out about Mary's work with individuals with neurological deficits.
I have been blogging about brain-clock research at my home base (Brain Clock Blog) for many years and more recently have been blogging at the IM-Home website and blog. A problem with sharing information via blogging is that we bloggers make desired connections via hyperlinks. We insert them so the reader will read prior posts for related or background information. Often readers don’t want to take the time to bounce back and forth between linked stories...
As summarized in prior posts, neurocognitive research suggests that the predominant gear of our minds transmission is neutral. Our mental engine is working (idling) but to those observing us, our brain is not moving—we often do not appear cognitively engaged in any complex thinking or processing.
The typical person spends up to half their time engaged in the spontaneous chasing of miscellaneous thoughts down various rabbit holes of our minds. Our thought promiscuous mind wanders here-and-there when daydreaming (“zoning out”) or becoming trapped in a cycle of negative unchecked thoughts (e.g., rumination over negative unhappy thoughts; mania; obsessions). However, the unconstrained busy or wandering mind can also produce creative insights and thoughts. An unquiet or busy mind can be good or bad depending on the demands facing the individual at any given time. More importantly, the amount of optimal mind wandering may vary for different people.