PLATYPUS INSTITUTE RESEARCH SHOWS HOW NEUROPLASTICITY
CAN TARGET AND MODIFY FUNCTIONAL BRAIN NETWORKS
Study shows the value of and need for further
research in brain training for corporate employees
CHICAGO - Oct. 22nd, 2019 - The Platypus Institute, the pioneers of neuroperformance research, today announced the results of a groundbreaking study, revealing how neuroplasticity can target and modify functional brain networks. Announced during the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, the research evaluated corporate employees (n=21) who underwent neurocognitive training programs to assess EEG-derived changes in brain activation and network connectivity. Overall, the study demonstrated positive benefits for the group of participants in several areas of neurocognitive task performance.
For the brain training, subjects were given an initial assessment, a six-week “boost” or intervention period, and then a reassessment to track the progress of each participant, all using an individualized BrainHQ training program, which is an online brain-training system available to the public from Posit Science. Assessments utilized an independent battery of neurocognitive tasks (i.e. DANA Standards) with concurrent EEG recordings.
Subjects were split into two groups: a long-training group that averaged 30 hours of total training during the period; and a short-training group that averaged seven hours of training. EEG analysis included measurements of band power at electrodes and brain sources as well as information flow between brain sources.
Specific key findings included:
The Cognitive Control Network, a functional brain network involved in decision-making, was effectively targeted for neuroplasticity-based brain training.
Following the boost programs, both the long- and short-training groups showed significant improvements on several independent measures of cognitive efficiency along several DANA tasks, as well as changes in the Cognitive Control Network of the brain.
The long-training group demonstrated better performance in terms of speed and accuracy, adding support to the validity of the brain training program.
“Platypus Institute’s research shows that we can effectively make the brains of corporate employees perform faster and stronger by targeting specific functional brain networks,” said Amy Kruse, PhD, Chief Science Officer of the Platypus Institute. “From a practical applications perspective, the study demonstrates a new capability in targeting functional brain networks adding tremendous value to brain training and neuroplasticity for those looking to enhance their performance.”
Insights from this study could lead to new tools and approaches to enhance the neurocognitive performance of elite performers in a variety of professions. Future work to replicate and extend these training models by the Platypus Institute is currently underway.
About the Platypus Institute
The Platypus Institute is a NeuroPerformance company that uses proprietary, cutting-edge neurotechnology to help the world’s most elite performers unlock their brain’s exponential capacity and optimize their performance and productivity. Our Human 2.0 Brain Upgrade program is based on real science and delivers exceptional outcomes that transform the human experience, enabling elite performers to realize their full potential. Our leadership team includes top neuroscientists from DARPA and senior business executives who previously built five successful companies. Combined, we have 51 patents, more than 100 published articles, and extensive proprietary technology.
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