Peak performance is a training modality that we reserve for athletes, executives, musicians and performers. Depending on the desired outcome, we will alter the performance training metrics. We will often begin with a baseline EEG, as well as a state dependent EEG, where the individual envisions the task at hand. We will then build a customized training regimen for the performer, such as peak alpha frequency enhancement (ideal for the individual who desires a faster processing rate, such as speed-sport competitors and high-level executives). There is only so much time in a day, and certain individuals need to maximize their output in order to maximize their gain. This is the realm of the quantified self.
Neurostimulation, and particularly tDCS, is trending in the news and scientific literature for people trying to get an edge. US olympic skiers and snowboarders have started training while using tDCS over the motor cortex in order to increase neuroplasticity and help them focus. Furthermore, the US Army is using TDCS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (involved in cognitive function) to decrease training time in snipers.
People are using neurostimulation for a whole gamut of reasons. While there is a growing body of scientific evidence for the effects of different treatments it is important to note that every individual is different. Because of individual differences responses to treatment are unique, which is why we recommend individualized assessment from licensed professions before engaging in neurostimulation.
Our clients regularly report changes such as: enhanced focus, improved relationships and leadership, faster processing rates, less anxiety and worry, mental agility and flexibility, improved memory, better temperament, ability to remain calm in the face of pressure, greater presence, accelerated learning, an ability to disconnect from work and engage personally, and an overall feeling of well-being.