LIFE HEG Training Session

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nIR HEG Overview

Find out what nIR HEG (Near infrared hemoencephalography) is about.

 

 

 

The LIFE Game for nIR HEG

The goal of LIFE is to score as many points as possible by adding animals to the training field, and to add larger animals with higher point values by climbing higher or diving deeper.

There are brief coaching files that you can listen to in order to better understand the process. Press Climb Coach or Dive Coach any time during the session or use the shortcuts on your desktop to listen at any other time.

1. Connect amplifier to computer

Connect your HEG amplifier cable into your amplifier and then to the computer's USB port.

 

Connect HEG headband to amplifier

 

1. Open BioExplorer

USB dongle key must be plugged in.

2. Resize BioExplorer window

For quick access to PN Wiz window behind it

1. Open the LIFE Design

Training Sites

Places on head that are trained

The left and right sites (F7 and F8) are trained with the white dot placed above the edge of the eyebrow. The center site (Fpz) is trained in above the nose in the natural crease of the forehead.

Place the Headband

Plug the headband cable into your amplifier and place the headband on your head with the center white circle at one of the three training sites: Left, Center or Right

F8 HEG   

Wiz settings

  1. Check that Power is on
  2. Mode is 4 channel for Q-wiz, EEG for X-wiz
  3. Helper is off
  4. Select USB (not wireless)

Optima+ settings

  1. Right-click the black status bar on the name "Neurobit Optima" and select Properties.
  2. Click on Optima Config Window.
  3. Click the Load button and in the directory Documents\Neurobit, select HEG nIR.nbc and open .
  4. Close Neurobit Optima settings window and OK to close Optima Config Window

Wiz Mode

Counterintuitively, the correct mode for LIFE is not HEG but is 4 channel for Q-wiz, EEG for X-wiz.

2.Check the black status bar to see that the status is CONNECTED

connected status

 

Design settings

Buttons to click before training

The training settings controls are the column of white buttons at the left of the trainer screen.

1. Select Climb or Dive option

Press button to select Dive only

For the first session, try diving only. Press the Climb and Dive button so the status reads "Dive Only". Otherwise the session will begin with climbing and will not start diving until the DIVE NOW button is pressed.

2. Dive time

Leave at default for now

div buttons

2-minute dives are selected by default. You may leave it at the default. When diving, this button is not used.

When climbing, if the DIVE NOW button is pressed, the game will be in diving mode (open focus) for 2 minutes after which time it will begin climbing again.

Always start the data flow before starting the game. "Data flow" means the signal that comes from the brain to the computer.

1. Capture the signal

Press the green capture button to start the session.

session capture

2. Calibrate (if using Wiz)

In the Wiz window press HEG Calibrate
or
on the Q-wiz device press the link button at the bottom of the device so the light is green.

wiz window calibrate wiz calibrate

 

Start the LIFE game

Press the green START button in the HeadGames Control Panel.

start game

1. Capture Baseline

Press the Capture Baseline button  (For Optima+ press twice)

When the signal has finished calibrating/stabilized, to start the training.

capture baseline

Wiz devices show calibration in BioExplorer's black status bar. Channel 3 blinks red when calibrating and turns solid blue when calibration is complete.

Neurobit Optima+ 4 will start the game in Diving mode. Press Capture Baseline again to climb first.

Dive - Open Focus

Relax and let your mind be still as the brain man goes under water.

The Diving state is the opposite of Climbing. Instead of single-pointed mental focus, the trainee defocuses the eyes, shifts from paying attention to the mind to attending to breathing in the chest/belly. The mind is still and aware but not thinking or trying. This is an open focus state.  It may help to start with eyes closed and then learn to hold the state while slowly opening them. Trainees with obsessive thinking, compulsive behaviors, getting “stuck,” anxiety or intellectualizing may find it more difficult to dive. 

1. Stop the session

stop session

Press the white stop button to stop the training at this site.

2.Place the headband

Move the headband so the center is over the next site and repeat previous steps to train the new site until you have trained all three sites- left, center, and right.

Continue with next training site After several sessions, try Climbing

Go for 3 times / week and 300 climbing minutes

Find this LIFE training record in Brain-Trainer\Help

stop session

 

 

 

To train with climbing (focus), leave default settings as they are. Then start the session (Capture > Start > Capture Baseline). LIFE will automatically begin in climbing mode until the Dive Now button is pressed.

 Focus!

Pay attention to the brain man as he climbs. Remember to breathe.

Dive

Click DIVE NOW

After 3 minutes or when you feel tired. Relax and let your mind be still as the brain man goes under water.

dive nowThe Diving state is the opposite of Climbing. Instead of single-pointed mental focus, the trainee defocuses the eyes, shifts from paying attention to the mind to attending to breathing in the chest/belly. The mind is still and aware but not thinking or trying. This is an open focus state.  It may help to start with eyes closed and then learn to hold the state while slowly opening them. Trainees with obsessive thinking, compulsive behaviors, getting “stuck,” anxiety or intellectualizing may find it more difficult to dive.