Brain Training for our Dynamic Brains

Brain Training is, in some ways, similar to physical training. If I practice a skill, my brain will respond like a muscle, and the relevant part of my brain will develop. In other ways, brain training is like dealing with compound muscle groups that support each other but even more so, as the brain is significantly more complex than muscle groups supporting each other.

Iain McGilchrist describes this in his book The Master and His Emissary.

“Although the brain is often described as if it were composed of bits – ‘modules’ – of one kind or another, which have then to be strung together, it is in fact a single, integrated, highly dynamic system.

Events anywhere in the brain are connected to, and potentially have consequences for, other regions, which may respond to, propagate, enhance or develop that initial event, or alternatively redress it in some way, inhibit it, or strive to re-establish equilibrium.

There are no bits, only networks, an almost infinite array of pathways. Thus, especially when dealing with complex cognitive and emotional events, all references to localisation, especially within a hemisphere, but ultimately even across hemispheres, need to be understood in that context.”

NeurOptimal takes a dynamic approach to brain training for these reasons. NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback® takes advantage of the brain’s natural dynamical learning processes by giving the brain the information it needs to do the work itself. NeurOptimal does not in any way direct the brain; instead, it shows the brain what it is doing. NeurOptimal lets the brain determine for itself what is best for it and how to dynamically organise itself.