Music Heals: Corebrain Journal Interview

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Dr. Charles Parker recently interviewed me for Corebrain Journal to discuss how music can impact us in meaningful ways. We explored a broad range of topics including autism, early childhood, aging, neuroplasticity, The Listening Program®, and much more.

You can listen to the interview here, and enter a drawing (closes in two weeks), for one of five autographed copied of my book Healing at the Speed of Sound. Please tune in and spread the word if you find the information helpful!

25 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Good

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Science has given us great insight into the brain, and this knowledge has lead to innovative techniques, solutions and treatments.

It has also shown us that the decisions we make now will directly impact our health and vitality as we age.

This is why it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest research.

Right now, you can register for a complimentary pass to Brain Summit, an online conference produced and hosted by my good friend Erin Matlock.

25 global experts have come together to present cutting edge information on brain health, mental health, peak performance, neurotechnology, nutrition and much more. And’ I’m fortunate enough to be among this esteemed group of presenters.

You can attend these sessions from your couch, office or your local coffee shop. All you need is an internet connection and either a computer, tablet or smartphone.

This year’s summit is chock full of critical training on topics including the gut-brain connection, biohacking, peak performance, anxiety, depression, longevity, spirituality, neurofeedback, neuroscience, self-improvement and much more.

And as a bonus for registering, you’ll have access to three LIVE panel discussions where you can directly ask the guest experts your questions and get the answers you’ve been searching for.

Click here to save your virtual spot.

Here’s a look at the sessions:

Kurt Othmer: The Power of Neurofeedback

Learn how to use non-invasive neurofeedback to train your brain to function more efficiently.

Alex Doman: Using Music To Rewire Your Brain

Learn how scientifically designed music can reorganize your brain leading to better focus, emotional strength and communication.

Jim Kwik: Super Charge Your Memory

Join resident memory expert and brain trainer to Hollywood A-Listers, Jim Kwik, as he shares the latest tips and techniques to power up your brain.

Trudy Scott CN: The Anti Anxiety Food Solution

How to use specific amino acids and foods to balance your moods, control cravings and ease anxiety and depression.

Rick Hanson PhD: Hardwiring Happiness

Learn how to use brain science to achieve contentment, calm and confidence. You’ll quickly use good moments to build a great brain full of happiness, ease, comfort and self worth.

Sarah McKay PhD: Attention, Focus and Habit Change

Oxford educated neuroscientist, Dr. Sarah McKay brings you the latest research you can use to make lasting change in your brain.

Max Lugavere: Hacking Diet For A Better Brain

#BREADHEAD filmaker Max Lugavere talks blood sugar, grains, intermittent fasting, exercise and biohacking.

Drew Ramsey MD: Key Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower

Discover the Key Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health

Jim Hardt PhD: Peak Performance Through Alpha Wave Training

Achieve new levels of performance, creativity and emotional renewal by using neurofeedback to control your own brain activity.

Mike Meinke: A Musician’s Journey Through Mental Illness

Take an intimate look at the downward spiral and one man’s unique way out.

Hyla Cass MD: Naturally Optimize Your Mind, Mood And Energy

Integrative and natural psychiatrist Dr. Hyla Cass shows you how to optimize your mind, mood and energy by using a drug free, natural approach.

David Haase MD: Tapping Into The Power Of The Mind Body Connection

How to sort through information overload to find the wellness blueprint that is uniquely destined for you.

Amy Morin LCSW: The Keys To Becoming Mentally Strong

Straight from the therapist’s couch, learn how to create habits that lead to deep and automatic emotional strength.

Duilio Menghini: The Life Changing Power Of Forgiveness

How do we forgive those who’ve hurt us so we can free ourselves to live life to the fullest?

John Mekrut: Transforming Ourselves With Technology

Discover how neurotechnology can give us insight into our truest sense of self.

Debbie Hampton: Creating Surprising Purpose From Brain Injury

Learn how to take a devastating loss and turn it into a life of strength and purpose.

Julia Roy: The Smarter Path To Higher Productivity

Learn how to leverage your brain’s natural inclination for performance and productivity at work.

Here’s the link to register now.

And here are the expert panels:

Live Expert Panel #1

Ask The Psychologist

Dr. Drema Dial, Dr. Julie Nelligan and Dr. Stuart Silberman will be live to answer your questions and discuss topics related to behavior, mood, performance, resilience and fulfillment.

Live Expert Panel #2

The Future Of Neurotech

Adam Goyer, John Mekrut and Erin Matlock will be live to answer questions about the future of the industry, marketing and ethical considerations.

Live Expert Panel #3

Ask The Child Expert

Sheila Allen MA, OT, Mariam Herrmann MA, BCET and Pat Mattas RN, CP – BC will be live to answer your questions and discuss topics related to child behavior, education, motivation and life challenges.

Remember, the free broadcast begins this Monday, May 2nd. Sign up today and secure your spot.

Each session will broadcast completely free for 23 hours so no matter where you are in the world, you can choose a time to view them that is convenient to you.

And if your schedule is too busy to attend the broadcast sessions, you can own the videos, audios and transcripts so you can view them at your leisure or review them at a later date. There is an extreme early bird sale going on right now which is 50% off the already low retail price. So, be sure to check that out.

I really enjoyed my interview for the Brain Summit and am looking forward to learning from this amazing group of people. And I hope you’ll join us!

Here’s the link to register one more time.

Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Hope for Relief

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Helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve their greatest potential has been something close to my heart throughout my career. This interest has lead me in many directions including; research, developing scientifically optimized music for brain training, conference presentations, board positions in autism organizations, and writing.

One of my questions has been why do people with ASD so frequently demonstrate behaviors related to sensory over responsitivity (SOR), specifically auditory  hypersensitivity, also called hyperacousis and misophonia? This is a condition that touches not just the majority of individuals with autism, but many others including the so-called “neurotypical”. Sound hypersensitivity can be absolutely debilitating. It is heart-wrenching to see a child or adult suffer pain or perception of pain from everyday sounds.

In the quest to help, I’ve been so fortunate that Dr. Jay R. Lucker of the Department of Communication Sciences at Howard University and I share this interest. For years we have collaborated on research related to this phenomenon. Our first joint article on the topic “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” was published in Autism Science Digest in 2012. We then wrote an extensive follow-up to the Autism Science Digest article which is a deeper exploration into the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity which was just published in the peer reviewed journal Autism Research and Treatment.

Abstract

Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, caregiver, educator, or therapist who is touched by someone with autism, or you yourself are on the autism spectrum I do hope this latest research article provides some answers, and hope for relief from over sensitivity to sounds.

 

Music Does Profound Things to Your Brain

My friend Max Lugavere joined us in Utah this past weekend to speak about brain health and his film BREADHEAD at The Listening Program® Conference 2015. We had a few minutes to film a quick chat about the power of music to change your brain. In the interview I introduce Max to inTime and our Waves multisensory headphone system where he experiences bone conducted listening for the first time. I loved his reaction! And be sure to listen to podcast we did on The Listening Program Radio & Podcast a while back.

Music, the Brain and Therapeutic Results

 

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It’s a New Year and time for the first episode of The Listening Program® Radio for 2015! And, I’m elated to share that Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino will be my guest tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7th from 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern to discuss Music, the Brain and Therapeutic Results.

Dr. Tomaino is executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation including decades of clinical work with the acclaimed neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks. The recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Concetta is one of the pioneers in the field of music therapy.

If you share my fascination with the profound ways music can improve the human condition I invite you to join us for this free call. You can register here and receive a program reminder before the show. 

More about the program

What does contemporary neuroscience tell us about music and the brain? How do these findings support clinical applications of music therapy in child development as well as recovery or maintenance of function in adults with brain injuries?  Drawing from research and her extensive clinical work, many chronicled by Dr. Oliver Sacks, Dr. Tomaino provides an overview of music and the brain and shares evidence for the efficacy of clinical applications of music in stroke rehabilitation, enhanced function in Parkinson’s disease and improved memory and quality of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Join Alex Doman and his guest Concetta Tomaino for insights into music and the brain. This program will help you understand:

  • How is music used in therapy?
  • What is music therapy?
  • What are some of the clinical applications of music to help those with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke? Children with developmental delays?
  • How is the field of neuroscience helping inform the field of music therapy?

 

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

As a parent to 3 boys, two of whom are adolescents, I’m equally fascinated and perplexed by the inner workings of their minds. To help unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain I’ve invited New York Times Bestselling Author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D. for an interview on The Listening Program® Radio to explore the teenage brain. According to Dr. Siegel if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. Sounds good to me. If you agree, please join us for this free call Wednesday, December 3rd, at 8:00pm Eastern. Register here to receive a program reminder.

More about the program

In The New York Times Bestseller Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts adolescent behavior and relationships from ages 12-24. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide. Join host Alex Doman and his guest Daniel Siegel for an enlightening conversation about the teenage brain. This program will help you;

  • Identify changes in the teenage brain responsible for increased risk taking
  • Outline how integration in the brain during adolescence promotes gist thinking
  • Name 4 essential aspects of adolescence
  • Describe an integrated relationship

The Irlen Method Explained

 

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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?