involves the immediate feedback of information about your brain waves. These reflect different "mental states" : attention, concentration, creativity, problem solving, awareness, reflection, meditation, impulsiveness, emotional ability, depression, over-arousal and under-arousal.
involves feedback of information concerning physiological states which reflect alertness, tension and anxiety.
in simplest terms is "thinking about thinking". It refers to executive thinking skills that monitor your cognition. It involves being conscious of how you learn and remember things.
***Combining these three items (neurofeedback, biofeedback, and metacognition) leads to fast efficient learning and a calm, reflective, organized approach to work. This program allows the graduate to work efficiently and effectively using flexible problem solving approaches.**
The Institute for the Study of Optimal Performance States and the Associated Biofeedback Institute of Toronto have a range of neurofeedback instruments from 6 different manufacturers. This allows for individualization of programs to meet the unique needs of each client. The Centre also has the most modern biofeedback equipment for the monitoring of: Respiration, Heart Rate, Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA), Pulse Volume, Peripheral Skin Temperature, Muscle Tension, and Electrodermal Responses. This enables the client to gain kinesthetic awareness and psychophysiological control which are essential for optimal performance. Advice and materials concerning nutrition are available. Sound and Light equipment is on hand and may be used judiciously to accelerate learning for selected clients. Samonas Sound Therapy is also available to improve listening skills.
Captain’s Log, a very comprehensive program, is available for training cognitive processes and learning abilities. Captain’s log can also be purchased from the centre for home use. We also have available the StressEraser Heart Rate Variability (HRV) handheld devices for home training.
Who Should Apply:
Students in this program are mainly company executives, entrepreneurs, University/College students and elite athletes. Women and men from many different walks of life have benefited from the program usually moving on to more rewarding careers, or higher positions within their companies. A person who feels that they are not realizing their full potential and wants to excel is a candidate.
Graduates from the "TOPS" program " (Tools for an Optimal Performance State) are capable of self regulation. They can turn on an ideal performance state. The athlete learns a calm, relaxed and focused state, free of emotional distractions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. The executive is capable of being relaxed, alert, calm, aware and reflective while focusing, creating and applying appropriate strategies in a flexible manner to accomplish the task at hand.
Origins of the Institute:
The Institute developed from the successful work of the ADD Centre in improving concentration in clients ranging in age from 4 to 63. The addition of sophisticated state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment allowed for the movement from remediation of difficulties with attention span to a broader focus on the optimization of performance.