(NEUROVINE Start Date: 11/9/2022 By: Lennard M. Gettz, Ed.D
11/25- Day 8 of my review journey with the portable product NeuroVine. This experience is helping me claim my rightful mantle as a publisher of something called HealthTech Reporter‐ where I need to remain consistent with my project, looking to challenge or support the claims set by the manufacturer’s marketing. If my goal (in fact( is to be a public service and non‐invasive tech advocate, remaining unbiased challenger must remain my position.
LANDMARK #5‐ I continue to ‘enjoy’ the functions of the headband/app system. For those who have head injuries or are looking to study their brain waves for cognitive pacing, the friendliness of the device’s design feels like it would survive long‐term daily use. As the review duration progresses, I sought out any critiques and minor kinks within the product, and I am grateful to be part of their R&D. I have a separate WISH LIST when using the product inspires good ideas for possible UPRAGES.
The 2nd scan, where most of my work was copy pasting an introductory email to CEO’s and developers as significantly less brain work (other than personalizing the letter and sending to the proper contact. It took up only 15% of my brain energy capacity within a shorter period of time (8:52) and left me with 85% remaining brain energy.
a) The increasing elevation of Brain Exertion told me that creative and administrative tasks combined with the observed STRESS/ANXIETY of doing it right makes for evident rise‐and‐drop of this energy.
b) An added exertion in the brain (observed) is the irritating distraction and the struggle to stay focused when people around me were walking around and interrupting. To bring oneself back to focus is something I find to be exertive, as I gather was the added reason for the highest spikes on scan 1. Whereby Scan 2 was much more tacit due to no interruptions and interacting with anyone.
As a review of the APP itself, the “parenting” factor of this technology was supposed to be about PACING and this is where it most likely comes in. An astounding drop in my brain energy appears on the final screen when I concluded my session today. Starting at a complete and fully BLUE brain, the endpoint showed an illustration of the Brain showing a RED, DEPLETED GRAPH, indicating high brain strain‐ reporting below the fatigue threshold level. If anything RED is a mark of some form of danger or an alert to do something, this clearly communicated this. An ALL CAPS command to “TAKE A BRAIN BREAK” appears on the top of the screen to further enforce this.
To choose a combination of styles from Flamenco, Ragtime, Rock, Folk and Soft Jazz should output unique differences in the EEG graphs. I put my theory to use by logging each length of musical piece with the full duration/timeline of the NV brain activity readings. Thanks to my trainer, I was explained that the EEG device reads brain fatigue/energy and outside effects on the brain as well as processing activity. So it is here that I captured a time‐based set of graphic scans within the timeline when I played each song‐ matching it with the EEG linear graph. My brain waves were clearly communicating each music piece/type, reflecting my mental involvement of the song with my guitar playing. The higher brain wave levels indicate the STRESS I was putting my brain through by working on more complex solos and riffs. I also understand that LISTENING also shows up as recordable brain fatigue metrics ‐ which means those high peaks at the EEG are most likely due to the mind's engagement and empathy for the more complicated areas of each musical piece.
Reference: p1) How Musical Training Shapes the Adult Brain: Predispositions and Neuroplasticity
12/31- I tried a variety of spellbinding zone activities around the home. As part of my intention to test the accuracy of the EEG sensory headband, I anticipated similarities between each scan, while identifying the minute differences of each experience- mainly how I interact with each of them. Comparatively, the EEG lines turned out to generate sensible differences.
We all know about the calming power of GAZING at slow moving and floating objects. I takes our minds off of stressful, over-exertive thoughts. These find relaxation visuals allow us to follow things that move at a slower pace and with less effort on the eyes- bringing us into this hypnotic state. For this, I chose my aquarium and a lava lamp to explore the rest state of my brain. Within a five minute period, I found both EEG graphs to register a fairly smooth and rounded lines- both starting at fairly elevated levels then gradually descending to the lowest exertion readings. Where high action readings show sharp, erratic up-and-down readings, both of these tests indicated un-dramatic movements- identifying limited cerebral demands.