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.

Full Access to inTime Video Series

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During the launch of inTime earlier this year we were very honored to have The Rockefeller University host us in their Science and Lecture Series for inTime: Intercultural Rhythms, Music, Sound and Science.

The event was a panel discussion with fellow inTime producers Sheila Allen, Nacho Arimany and me, moderated by neuroscientist Dr. Kamran Fallahpour. Following the panel inTime music composer and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany treated us to an incredible concert of his original world-music compositions.

Why am I sharing this with you now? Well, our friends at Ferro Productions and Attitude Post filmed and edited the event into a 15 part video series for us at Advanced Brain Technologies. And I’m thrilled to share it is now available with full access for your online viewing!

You can watch the Introductions (Part 1) here, then go on to view the other 14 parts at your leisure!

I certainly hope you enjoy the series and learning more about inTime , a rhythm-based music listening method developed to influence brain performance and to stimulate changes in focus, rhythm & time, and stress response.

Back At It

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Did you miss me? Perhaps you didn’t notice I was gone… Either way, I wanted to share that I’m back at it! Back at what you ask? Blogging…

In November I decided to take a hiatus from writing posts so I could focus with a really awesome team of people to launch two exciting products for Advanced Brain Technologies and Sleep Genius. One of these launched in February. It is a rhythm-based music listening therapy called inTime and I must say it is incredible! I couldn’t be happier about the response to it and the stories I am already hearing about the lives it is touching. More on that in-time… The other launch is happening this Friday, and I can hardly wait to share that one with you. If you have difficulty sleeping, you definitely want to stay tuned. And the best way to do that is to follow this blog via email. You’ll find the sign up on the top right of this site. Just type in your email address. It’s super easy!

Those who follow this blog and my work will know that my focus, besides my amazing wife and kids, is on elevating people’s lives by helping them achieve and maintain their sound brain fitness. This is akin to physical exercise making us healthier. To help make the brain fit and performing at its best, you can engage in healthy sound practices which include avoiding noise as much as possible to preserve hearing and reduce stress, and by having a daily listening practice with music listening therapy to feed your brain with the sounds and music it is so hungry for. I can tell you it is absolutely incredible what just these two lifestyle changes can do to help you live a healthier, more productive and happy life!

Did you know that music can change how your brain works?  If you didn’t know, I want you to, because that knowledge can transform your life! To learn more about this idea you might enjoy reading about a recent study at the University of Liverpool that has shown that even brief musical training can increase blood flow in the brain. This research also adds to an existing evidence base that suggests that areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Pretty cool right?

Which brain areas are involved in music listening?

One of the more common questions we field about The Listening Program® (TLP) is “which brain areas are involved in music listening? I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore this a bit with you here at The Brain Understanding Itself.

The brain is musical; neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved.

Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including; prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the enteric nervous system.

TLP helps conduct the neural symphony, connecting the most ancient parts of the brain to the most advanced.

If you are not already familiar with TLP it is an easy, pleasurable and effective method to improve your brain health and performance.  Here’s a great video with clients and professionals who have made  listening a daily practice to help with brain injury recovery, autism, reading, learning, attention, peak performance, wellness and more.

Areas of brain focus The Listening Program is designed to challenge and advance: 

Executive Function
Executive function is an umbrella term for a set of high-level mental processes that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. They include the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and change behavior as needed, and to plan future behavior when faced with novel asks and situations. Executive functions allow us to anticipate outcomes and adapt to changing situations.

Examples: attention, memory, behavior, organization, time management, self control

Communication
Communication is your ability to exchange information, thoughts, and opinions through verbal and written expression including speech, language, voice and writing; as well as non verbal expression such as gesture, facial expressions, and body language.

Examples: verbal comprehension, oral & written communication, voice quality, reading comprehension, understood by others, understanding body language

Auditory Processing
Auditory processing is your ability to understand and make sense of what you hear. Difficulty processing auditory information can have a negative impact on learning, thinking, communication and relationships.

Examples: listening, following verbal directions, focusing with background noise, comfort with sound, understanding tone of voice, sound discrimination

Social & Emotional
Your ability to relate to others, manage emotions, resolve conflicts, understand and respond to social situations is impacted by your social skills and emotional intelligence.

Examples: self-confidence, compassion, social interactions, interpersonal relationships, mood regulation, conflict resolution

Stress Response
Your body and brain is hard-wired to react to stress to protect you against threats, whether real or imagined. But, if your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on.

Examples: stress reduction, relaxation, less overwhelmed, lower tension, better sleep, reduce nervous habits

Motor Coordination
Motor coordination is the harmonious functioning of body parts that involve movement including: gross motor skills such as walking, skipping, running and throwing; fine motor movement such as handwriting, buttoning a shirt, and keyboarding; and motor planning, the ability of the brain to conceive, organize and carry out purposeful movements.

Examples: balance, body awareness, coordination, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, activity level

Creative Expression
Your ability to express yourself creatively involves original & open thinking, imagination, problem solving, and movement to create something new and/or respond to opportunities.

Examples: musicality, opening thinking, visual arts, creative writing, innovation, problem solving

Based on sound science, The Listening Program® music trains the brain to improve how you perceive, process and respond to the flood of sensory information in our environment today. This leads to personal growth helping you to live a happier, productive, and more fulfilling life.

To learn more please free to visit http://advancedbrain.com or give us a call at +1.801.622.5676

The Listening Program is Autism Approved!

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Great news! The Autism Hope Alliance just selected The Listening Program® as one of the products and services that they have approved to help people on the autism spectrum. We are honored to be a sponsor of this wonderful program and know we will touch many more lives as a result. Thank you AHA and keep up the great work helping families on the road to autism recovery!

Check out my Autism Approved interview with Kristin Selby Gonzalez, Chairman of the Autism Hope Alliance.

Healing the Brain 2010

The Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology is holding a conference in Bellevue, Washington this month called Healing the Brain 2010. I will be presenting a talk titled Applications of Music Listening Therapy.  If you are interested in leading edge protocols for brain health, this conference will be well worth your time.

HEALING THE BRAIN CONFERENCE 2010
February 19-22, 2010
Hyatt Regency Bellevue, SeattleIn recent years ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and other disorders of the central nervous system are increasing exponentially. Something is happening. What is it?

This conference will explore the hidden causes of brain dysfunction and illness in both children and adults and also carefully discuss available diagnostic and treatment options. Practitioners will come away with a synthesis of new ideas and new, cutting-edge protocols to put into their practice right away.

Healing the Brain is sponsored by the Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology. Invited guests include Neurologist and Author Eric Braverman, MD, Daniel Amen practitioner Brian Goldman, MD, Master Herbalist Donald J. Yance, Lab Analysis Expert Mark Schauss, Australian Brain Integration Expert Charles Krebs, Coagulation Expert David Berg, MAPS (system to repair brain dysfunction) creator Claudie Gordon-Pomares, Color and Light Therapy Expert Alice Nixon, LCSW and Alex Doman, founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies. Alex will be presenting The Listening Program® method of music listening therapy as it is widely used as an approach to support brain health and performance. A practical understanding of this fusion of art and psychoacoustic science including a discussion of air and bone conduction delivery of sound will be explored.

 
For more information about this conference:
 
TO REGISTER:  (303) 499-4700  (303) 499-4700 or
http://stores.homestead.com/klinghardt/StoreFront.bok

Webinar-The Listening Program and Autism Spectrum Disorders

If you have an interest in learning more about The Listening Program® method of music listening therapy please join me for a live webinar this Sunday organized by the Akhil Autism Foundation.

The Listening Program® (TLP) is a music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life. This introductory webinar is free and will provide an overview of  the auditory system, auditory processing, and how music listening therapy can help improve the life of a child on the autism spectrum.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009
Times: USA  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM MST (Mountain Standard Time)
India    9:30 PM – 10:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time)

TO REGISTER: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/790568674

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about the Webinar.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
PC
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Mac
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer