Me And Heg
*EDIT* I'm going back through the record to indicate at the top of posts how many minutes of training I've done to that point
I got the Peanut nIR HEG system from here a couple of weeks back: http://brain-trainer.com/equipment/pendant_heg_details.html It's the same basic system sold at Upgraded Self, or I'm about 99.7% positive it is, as both systems have the same stats, the same headband, and use the same proprietary HEGStudio software. The Upgraded system is here: http://www.upgradedself.com/tech/upgraded-focus-brain-trainer.html
Both systems are within $5 of each other price-wise. I went with Brain-Trainer only because I had been researching home neurofeedback (NFB) for quite a while and had already settled on them. Regardless of who you choose to buy from, in any case I'd recommend checking out the B-T site for basic information. They also have a Yahoo newsgroup dedicated to NFB with something over 2000 members, many of whom are NFB professionals. I'm pretty sure you don't need to purchase anything in order to join the group.
Here's what they have to say about HEG training (apologies if this comes out screwy, I haven't learned the BBcodes here yet):
HEG trains the brain's executive center. The one area of the brain that EEG really canâ€™t do very well, because of electrical artifacts, is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). What does the PFC do?
â€¢Controls attention, so you screen out distractions and sustain focus;
â€¢Controls physical and verbal impulses, so you think before you act/speak;
â€¢Moderates emotional and social responses;
â€¢Regulates mood and maintains brightness of mood;
â€¢Controls motivation, so you start and complete tasks on time;
â€¢Organizes, plans, and orients you to goals;
â€¢Predicts future results of current actions;
â€¢Evaluates and ranks options;
â€¢Understands the meaning of what is read/heard/experienced;
â€¢Sustains memories needed for current tasks;
â€¢Is the center of the Personality.
I don't know where I would fall on, say, a 1-10 scale for any of those categories, but I can definitely state that I could stand a lot of improvement in most of them. Actually, I'm not good at any of that stuff. I have a decent amount of raw brain power, but I just can't get anything done, and it's way too easy for something to throw my mental/emotional game off, often for the rest of the day.
Also, I'm having a lot of trouble with language study. I've been studying Chinese off and on for the last 10 years, with daily classes 2-3 hours a day for the last year, and still I can't hold my end of a conversation, mainly because I can't understand what's being spoken to me. When someone else starts a sentence, my brain bails out after the first 10 words or so and I can't follow the rest of it well enough to process it. I think this may be corrected with improving my attention span and focus.
Also, my step-daughter is graduating high school this year and taking her college entrance exams. The system here is something like 5 or 6 modules (science, math, reasoning, language, etc) with a total of 15 points possible for each. She tests in the 13-15 point range for everything except math, which was 8. She has a re-test scheduled in June, and given that HEG training is supposed to have rapid results (something like 20 sessions), I'm thinking this could boost that number at least somewhat. Some people just suck at math, but she doesn't; just has some trouble getting through the tests, I guess.
So that's why I'm interested in this particular line of training, and a sort of baseline report for my starting point.