Your Brain is Better on Music


Have you ever listened to music to relax, study or exercise? If so, you’ve likely experienced the therapeutic benefits of music. In my first TEDx talk I share how scientifically designed music and neurotechnology can facilitate positive changes in brain chemistry, function and structure through the simple practice of listening. But there is more to it than meets the ear.

Watch, listen and discover why children and adults with autism, sleep, depression, learning, emotional, and stress related difficulties are being helped by the power of music to reveal and access their true potential.

This talk features the neuroscience-based music programs we have created at Advanced Brain Technologies, Vital Neuro, and Sleep Genius.

Neurotechnology – The Resilience, Performance, and Rehabilitation Solution for Military, Veterans, and Their Families


Over the past decade, the first treatment response for the U.S. military and veteran epidemic of sleep disorders, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, mental health, and suicide prevention has been pharmaceuticals which are ineffective and have long-lasting negative side effects.

At present, the suicide rate among veterans is 23 lives a day; sleep disorders among active duty is above 54%, and the most common pharmaceuticals used for mental health and sleep disorders are both highly addictive and proven to do permanent harm.

The only effective, drug-free solutions to address all of these life-debilitating physiological and psychological issues, are non-invasive neurotechnologies.

U.S. military veteran, tactical, defense and performance expert, and motivational speaker Fara Eve Barnes, founder of  Valor Performance Research & Helm Performance Training is on a mission to rapidly implement neurotechnology solutions for defense and tactical applications within the defense, military, veteran, and law enforcement populations.

Join me and his my  guest Fara Eve Barnes on TLP Radio as we discuss the role of neurotechnology in defense and tactical applications for resilience, performance and rehabilitation including:

  • implementing an advanced training model beyond the current elite mental and physical strength and extreme endurance paradigm.
  • accelerated learning for advanced skills training.
  • real-time evaluation and improvement of individual and team tactical performance, leadership, and deadly force decision making (DFDM).
  • resilience against and recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), sleep disorders, suicide, and more.
  • non-pharmaceutical solutions offering military and their families, and veterans mobile neurotechnology hardware, software and apps with customized training and personalized programs to use in the convenience of their home or work, out in the field, and down range for optimal resilience, performance, and recovery.

When? Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 8PM Eastern. Register here for this live, free podcast.

The Irlen Method Explained



Earlier this summer I had the good fortune of attending the Advanced Clinical Summit with my friends and colleagues at EEG Info in Southern California.  My wife and I were there together speaking with many of the leading Neurofeedback practitioners from around the world. During the course of that weekend I noticed a familiar face in the room. That familiar face was Helen Irlen, creator of the Irlen Method.

Helen’s name has come up often with our network of providers who offer The Listening Program® and inTime™ music listening therapy methods. Many of whom combine our brain training through the auditory pathways with visual training, often using the Irlen colored filters. I don’t know a lot about the Irlen Method, but I do know many true believers and practitioners so I’ve asked Helen Irlen to join me on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast to share just what her fascinating work is all about.

If you are interested in tools for brain change, and more specifically how for over 30 years, the Irlen Method has been transforming lives using colored filters please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00 PM Eastern for The Listening Program Radio. This teleseminar is FREE and open to the public.  Register here.

This program will cover;

·       What is the Irlen Method?

·       How does it work:  Mind-Body Connection

·       Who can benefit from colored filters?

·       How can you tell if you need to see through color?

·       What are the changes?




Do Drum Rhythms Affect Brain Rhythms?

MIckey Hart

Today is Mickey Hart’s birthday, and now at 70 years young he shows no signs of slowing!

In July I shared a bit about “Drum Ki” his fine art collection that utilizes sophisticated technology to create a new medium translating rhythm to visual art. The image you see above “The Sermon” is part of this collection and hangs on my office wall as a daily reminder about the meaning of rhythm in our lives.

Now not only can you see Mickey Hart’s rhythmic art, but the brain that creates it. Watch the Grateful Dead Drummer’s brain scanned with an EEG while he plays drums!  UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gassaley is working with Hart to investigate if enhancing someone’s sense of timing might improve their cognition. VIDEO– Learn more in this ABC News report.

Research has shown that music training improves the brain’s ability to recognize, perceive, and make time sensitive movements such as speech production.  Do drum rhythms affect brain rhythms? The answer is yes. This is a core sonic principle called entrainment which I wrote about in Healing at the Speed of Sound with my co-author Don Campbell. What we don’t yet understand is to what extent, and all the mechanisms involved. There is much left to learn.

We have our own brain rhythm project happening at Advanced Brain Technologies, now five years in the making. Currently we are conducting research via a preliminary clinical trial in which children and adults listen to specially created rhythmic music twice daily through headphones to explore what kind of neurological changes may come using qualitative and psychometric measures. We are eager to see the outcomes. Given our efforts in applied music cognition research we are also excited to learn what will come from the Hart/Gassaley collaboration.

How Auditory Brain Training Can Change Your Life

Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD

If you follow the brain fitness field the name Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. will surely ring a bell. Dr. Merzenich, is one of the neuroscientists responsible for our current understanding of brain plasticity– the notion that the brain can change itself at any age.

I’ve followed his research since the mid nineties, and have to say his work has continued to validate what we observe in the functional and behavioral changes seen in clients using Advanced Brain Technologies products like The Listening Program®; the human auditory system is highly malleable.  It is susceptible to damage with over exposure to noise resulting in negative plasticity, and conversely responsive with positive neural change when provided with structured auditory training using certain salient sounds.

Dr. Merzenich is the Chief Science Officer for Posit Science, and author of the upcoming book Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your LifeI’ve asked him to join me for How Auditory Brain Training Can Change Your Life on the next episode of the Sound Brain Fitness Teleseminar Series coming up next week.  Together we’ll discuss his new book and explore these main points:

  • How you can improve your auditory listening abilities with neuroplasticity-based training to sharply improve your conversational, cognitive, speech and music abilities.
  • How training your brain as a master listener also refines your attentive powers and amplifies your baseline level of arousal—your “brightness.”
  • Evidence that these gains are attributable to strong, positive, enduring physical changes in your brain.  The trained brain is a stronger, better brain.
  • How combining auditory training and brain training in the other great perceptual and action-control domains, you can rejuvenate a struggling brain—and if taken seriously, can assure a more effective, happier, and more secure adult life.

Please join us, Wednesday, June 5th at 8 pm Eastern. The call is free, but will be at capacity. So sign up now, and be sure to call in early to reserve your spot!     

I Can’t Stop Smiling

Product development, it is one of my favorite activities at Advanced Brain Technologies.  The process of taking an idea to creation is truly an incredible process.  It can also be taxing; time delays, budget overruns, and feature creep are obstacles you have to anticipate and overcome if you are to bring the world something new and wonderful.

Any developers out there? You know what I’m talking about…

Over the past couple of years I have been working with our audio engineering team to create something newly re-imagined.  An audio technology optimized for The Listening Program® that would provide a richer experience, and better results than ever before.

This Friday, we’ll be making a public announcement to share what we have been up to. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a chat session I had with one of our team members during her first product demo.

 Angel: Oh my gosh! I LOVE IT!!

8:40 AM me: Tell me what you love.

 Angel: The sound and quality…lord, I feel like I’m listening live!

 me: Cool.

 Angel: I don’t want it to end!

8:41 AM me: How do they feel on?

 Angel: I honestly feel like I am swept away with the music

  They feel great, light weight

 me: When you are done let me have the system so I can have some others try it.

   Angel: Okay 🙂

  I am sooo happy just listening

8:43 AM I can’t stop smiling 🙂

As you might imagine, I can’t stop smiling either!

Be sure to check out our website and Facebook page this Friday to learn how you can get inside the music.

Psycho What?

Psycho What?

This is the typical response I receive when using the term psychoacoustics when giving a presentation or training professionals. At Advanced Brain Technologies we use this field of science combined with neuroscience and music effects research in our research and development of audio products which improve sound brain fitness.

The article Sound, the Way the Brain Prefers to Hear It was recently published in The New York Times. Reading it will give you a better understanding of the work we do, and the science that guides it. Knowing how the brain perceives and processes elements of sound; rhythm, frequency, timing, volume and space is the foundation. From there we design programs which improve sound brain fitness, training the brain to improve its perception and understanding of these sonic elements, so it can better understand what it hears.

This is an exciting and growing field, that is now gaining greater recognition, as we better understand how the brain prefers to experience sound.