Today in Brain Training – 08/05/2015

Today in Brain Training: We have two executives returning to tune up and improve their cognitive functioning (focus, concentration, clarity and processing abilities) as well as reduce their underlying stress and anxiety to allow them to function at higher levels. We also have two new clients coming in for their assessment, brain mapping and consultation. Its another Great Day at the Brain Training Centers of Florida!!! ‪#‎stress‬‪#‎anxiety‬ ‪#‎ExecutiveProcessing‬ ‪#‎Brainmap‬ ‪#‎BrainTraining‬ ‪#‎leaders‬‪#‎executive‬ ‪#‎leadershiptraining‬

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Our Process

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Our Process

We have developed a process of Brainwave Optimization combined with Cognitive Behavior Treatment developed through the many years of experience and collaboration of Dr. Francis Flynn and Geoff Cole. The process described below is a loose framework allowing for significant modification based on the diverse needs of each individual. Accordingly, this is not meant as a description as to the only method that we use, this is merely a generalized description of the process which generally is applied as the basic protocol used in our offices in order to provide optimal results (up to 80% of our clients follow this protocol).
1. Assessment and Review of Findings – extremely limited psycho-social history (1.5 to 3 hours)
2. 8 – 14 two hour sessions performed in one of the following formats
2.1. One a day in eight to fourteen days
2.2. One a day for three days (either consecutive or with one or two day breaks in between) then the fourth and fifth session done as a “double” on the same day followed by the sixth and seventh session done as a “double” the next day or with a day or two break before-hand.
2.3. Two sessions a day “doubles” for five to seven days.
2.4. Three sessions a day for five days – (Only done for athletes)
3. A two or three week break. If necessary the introduction of other modalities or disciplines such as CBT, massage, acupuncture, nutritional support, etc
4. 6 – 12 two hour sessions performed in six to twelve consecutive days.
5. A three to a month break.
6. 2 – 4 sessions performed one a day for two to four days or as “doubles” on the same day.
7. Follow up sessions as desired by client or client’s family or employers – as tune ups or follow up visits to utilize our process to peak mental fitness and to optimize functioning much like people go to the gym for physical fitness.

We have found that this (these) process(es) have proven the most effective. We in no way guarantee the results, as every individual reacts differently

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How to Train Your Brain On Your Own

How to Train Your Brain On Your Own

• Begin each day with 5-10 minutes of self-directed thought (often called meditation or prayer) directing the focus of your energy to be from love of self rather than fears created by conditions of worth. Tell brain and mind to let go of all emotions from your past and live today “in the now” based on the knowledge and wisdom of your past but without holding on to any emotions from your past.
• Further, during the day try to do occasional situation checks and redirect the energy of your new neural pathways.
• Challenge and keep your mind active. Check into Lumosity or any other brain training games.
• Go to our website at and read blogs etc and pick books to read from the “books” tab on our website.

• Read the following books or any like them:
o Awareness
o By Anthony De Mello

o The Anatomy of the Spirit
o By Caroline Myss

o Limitless You
o By Lee Gerdes

o Spirituality of imperfection
o By: Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketchem

Remember that this may be impossible to do without first going through our program of training. Also remember that one session with us is usually as valuable as doing approximately three to six months of the above training (meditation or prayer, Lumosity, brain training games). It is recommended that you come back for “tune-ups” with us at The Brain Training Centers of Florida quarterly….

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Universe is ‘Giant Brain’

Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A ‘Giant Brain’
Huffington Post UK | By Michael Rundle Posted: 27/11/2012 09:59 GMT | Updated: 27/11/2012 12:38 GMT

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The idea of the universe as a ‘giant brain’ has been proposed by scientists – and science fiction writers – for decades.
But now physicists say there may be some evidence that it’s actually true. In a sense.
According to a study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the universe may be growing in the same way as a giant brain – with the electrical firing between brain cells ‘mirrored’ by the shape of expanding galaxies.
The results of a computer simulation suggest that “natural growth dynamics” – the way that systems evolve – are the same for different kinds of networks – whether its the internet, the human brain or the universe as a whole.
A co-author of the study, Dmitri Krioukov from the University of California San Diego, said that while such systems appear very different, they have evolved in very similar ways.
The result, they argue, is that the universe really does grow like a brain.
The study raises profound questions about how the universe works, Krioukov said.
“For a physicist it’s an immediate signal that there is some missing understanding of how nature works,” he told
The team’s simulation modelled the very early life of the universe, shortly after the big bang, by looking at how quantum units of space-time smaller than subatomic particles ‘networked’ with each other as the universe grew.
They found that the simulation mirrored that of other networks. Some links between similar nodes resulted in limited growth, while others acted as junctions for many different connections.
For instance, some connections are limited and similar – like a person who likes sports visiting many other sports websites – and some are major and connect to many other parts of the network, like Google and Yahoo.
No, it doesn’t quite mean that the universe is ‘thinking’ – but as has been previously pointed out online, it might just mean there’s more similarity between the very small and the very large than first appearances suggest.

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Daniel Ruano Testimonial

January 3, 2013
Brain Training Centers of Florida
Re: Daniel Ruano DOB: 11/3/2011

Daniel was born with certain abnormalities. After surgery to correct one of his conditions Daniel “coded” in the recovery room. All his MRIs revealed severe brain trauma and damage to all four hemispheres of the brain and the medical prognosis was not very hopeful.

This was a very stressful time for the family and we sought comfort and solace in prayer and by placing our trust in God’s care and guidance.

Daniel’s mom, Kenia saw a news spot on Univision and at the same time another relative also saw the program which spoke of brain training performed at The Brain Training Centers of Florida. Relatives began calling relatives and we all sensed that this was more than just chance but an answer to prayer.

We contacted Geoff Cole explaining Daniel’s medical condition. Geoff was cautious in not giving us any false expectation because of Daniel age and his medical history. But Daniel was destined to become the first infant under 2 years old to receive brain training.

Baby Daniel to everyone’s surprise began to react positively after the first session with Geoff. The first notable change was that Daniel began sleeping at night which was a relief for the family and for Daniel.

After a few sessions Daniel began to focus his eyes and began tracking moving objects and became more aware of his environment. He observed object on the walls next to his bed and even began making new vocal sounds. He began to cry to express his discomfort, hunger and the desire to be cuddled.

We have seen improvement with each session but we also understand that brain training is not a cure but a means to enhance Daniel’s quality of life.

We are very grateful to Geoff Cole and the wonderful staff at Brain Training Centers of Florida for their care, positive attitude and support. We would recommend any parent hoping to improve the quality of life of their child; no matter what their handicap to seriously consider brain training as a supportive therapy

For the Family;
Rev. Frank A Cebollero, M.Th.

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Brainwave Biofeedback

American Academy Of Pediatrics Consensus On Brainwave Biofeedback: “Level 1 – Best Support”

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its “Evidence-based Child and Adolescent Psycho-social Interventions” have elevated Brainwave Biofeedback to “Level 1 — Best Support” as an intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors. This recognition of the value of brainwave biofeedback will be published in the next revision of this guideline document by PracticeWise,

Brainwave Biofeedback

the company that manages clinical research reviews for AAP. The other brain training intervention referred to as Working Memory Training continued to stay at Level 2 – Good Support. The studies that PracticeWise cited as supporting their decision were:

•Beauregard, M., & Levesque, J. (2006). Functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the effects of neurofeedback training on neural bases of selective attention and response inhibition in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Applied Psychology and Biofeedback, 31, 3–20.

•Gevensleben, H., Holl, B., Albrecht, B., Vogel, C., Schlamp, D., et al. (2009). Is neurofeedback an efficacious treatment for ADHD?: A randomized con¬trolled clinical trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 780–789.

•Levesque, J., Beauregard, M., & Men¬sour, B. (2006). Effect of neurofeedback training on the neural substrates of selective attention in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neuroscience Letters, 394, 216–221.

•Omizo, M. M., & Michael, W. B. (1982). Biofeedback-induced relaxation training and impulsivity, attention to task, and locus of control among hyperactive boys. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 15, 414–416.
Rivera, E., & Omizo, M. M. (1980). The effects of relaxation and biofeedback on attention to task and impulsivity among male hyperactive children. The Exceptional Child, 27, 41–51.

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I’m not sure about girls and women, but there’s a lesson that boys and men learn from playing with yo-yos as kids: If you keep working at it, you can master The Throw Down and The Sleeper, Walk-The-Dog and Rock-The-Baby.

And now it appears that yo-yoing has gotten a bad rap – at least in the world of weight control.

By some reports, yo-yo dieting is so prevalent in the Western world that it affects between 10 and 40 percent of the population. But, the good news is that – despite the popular myth – yo-yo dieting does not negatively impact metabolism or inhibit a person’s ability to lose weight in the long run.

“A history of unsuccessful weight loss should not dissuade an individual from future attempts to shed pounds or diminish the role of a healthy diet and regular physical activity in successful weight management,” reports Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Public Health Science Division and senior author of a new article published online in the journal Metabolism.

The statistics are frightening: two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese and nearly half of American women are dieting to lose weight; and, weight is a major risk factor for many cancers, as well as heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. McTiernan pointed out that the World Health Organization has estimated that a quarter to a third of cancers could be prevented if people would maintain normal, healthy body weights and a physically active lifestyle.

The goal of McTiernan’s intervention was to determine whether women with a history of moderate or severe weight cycling were disadvantaged in losing weight when compared to non-weight-cyclers. In the study, 77 women (18 percent) met the criteria for severe weight cycling – having reported losing 20 or more pounds on three or more occasions, and 24 percent (103 women) met the criteria for moderate weight cycling – having reported losing 10 or more pounds on three or more occasions. In the study – based on data from 439 over-weight-to-obese, sedentary Seattle-area women 50 to 75 years old – participants were divided into four groups: a reduced-calories diet, exercise only (mainly brisk walking), reduced-calorie diet plus exercise, and a control group that received no intervention. After one year, the diet-only and diet-plus-exercise groups lost an average of 10 percent of body weight – the goal of the intervention.

At the study’s close, researchers found no significant differences with regard to ability to successfully participate in the diet and/or exercise programs between those who yo-yo dieted and those who did not. No significant differences were found between yo-yoers and non-yo-yoers on other physiological factors such as blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, and blood concentrations of hormones such as leptin, which helps make one feel full/satiated, and adiponectin, which helps regulate glucose levels.

The study report is significant because . “To our knowledge, no previous studies have examined the effect of prior weight cycling on the body composition, metabolic and hormonal changes induced by a comprehensive lifestyle intervention in free-living women,” the authors wrote.

Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Canadian Institutes of Health, the study included investigators at Harvard Medical School, the National Cancer Institute and the University of Washington.

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

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Use It or Lose

It ain’t no muscle. But, it sure is an energy hot.

Weighing in at about three pounds in the average adult, the human brain represents about 2 to 3 percent of the body’s weight but consumes 20 percent of its total energy output.

And, now there’s science-based evidence that – in a very significant way – the brain behaves like a muscle: It obeys the old gym law “Use It Or Lose It.”

Neuroscientists have known for a long time that a baby’s brain generates roughly twice as many nerve cells as it needs to function; through “paring” at various stages of infancy/childhood/adolescence, the brain ultimately eliminates those cells that do not receive sufficient chemical and electrical stimulation to survive. The process, often called “apoptosis” or “programmed” cell death, occurs when a brain cell, neuron, loses its battle with other cells to receive essential stimulation. Based on studies of the developing brain, researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute of The University of Queensland (Australia) have identified a critical clue to understanding why nerve cells die in neurodegenerative diseases. This self-destructive process is not only a normal part of human brain development, but it also plays a role in strokes, Alzheimer’s and motor neuron diseases, leading to the loss of essential nerve cells from the adult brain.

Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience, Dr. Elizabeth Coulson and her colleagues have identified stimulation as a critical factor in the cell-death process. “It appears that if a cell is not appropriately stimulated, it self-destructs,” reports Dr. Coulson. “We know that a lack of both chemical and electrical stimulation causes the cells to self-destruct. But we believe that nerve cells will survive if appropriate electrical stimuli are produced to block the self-destruct process we have identified.”

A next step in research will be to determine whether dying cells receiving only electrical stimulation can be rescued. While years of research have been critical in determining factors regulating nerve cell survival, it will be a long process to combat neurodegeneration.

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

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Problems related to early use of alcohol

It just may be that it doesn’t matter which came first, the chicken or the egg. At least when it comes to the issue of later development of alcohol-related problems.

It now appears that age at first drink (AFD) and rapid progression from first drink to intoxication are both major – and independent – risk factors for the development of alcohol-related problems among college undergraduates.

“Many studies have found relationships between an early AFD and a range of negative alcohol-related outcomes in life, including the development of alcohol use disorders, legal problems like DUI, and health problems like cirrhosis of the liver,” noted Meghan Rabbitt Morean, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.

“There is also evidence that beginning to drink at an early age is associated with more immediate problems, such as compromised brain development and liver damage during adolescence, risky sexual behaviors, poor performance in school, and use of other substances like marijuana and cocaine,” said Morean, a corresponding author of the study which will be reported in the November 2012 issue of Alcohol: Clinical & Experimental Research and is now available at Early View.

Morean and her colleagues studied 766 incoming freshman females and 194 males, using data obtained from bi-annual assessment from the summer after senior year of high school through the fall of their fourth year of college – four years. Participants self-reported their age of drinking onset and age of first self-defined intoxication, as well as frequency of heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems.

When the researchers looked at the effects of AFD and the time from first use to first intoxication as predictors of heavy drinking and problems across the four years, they found “… beginning to use alcohol at an earlier age was associated with heavier drinking and the experience of more negative consequences during senior year of college,” reported Morean. “Quickly progressing from first alcohol use to drinking to intoxication was also an important predictor of heavy drinking and the experience of alcohol related problems during senior year of college.

“It is important to speak to children and adolescents openly about the dangers of heavy drinking and provide them with correct information, for example, ‘how many drinks does an average male/female need to drink to exceed the legal level for intoxication?” said Morean. “It is also extremely important to remember that heavy drinking during adolescence and early adulthood is not confined to college campuses. Most adolescents begin drinking during high school, a significant portion of whom begin drinking heavily. To help address this, we suggest that new alcohol prevention and intervention efforts targeting high school students be developed with the goal of delaying onset of heavy drinking among those at increased risk due to an early onset of drinking.”

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

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Caretaker Fatigue

The numbers are in but, few people know the statistics and it’s probable that even fewer can explain what they mean except on a profoundly personal level.

Somewhere around 39.8 million Americans over age 15 are providing unpaid care to someone over 65 “because of a condition related to aging,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And, perhaps to some, an even greater surprise: between 22 and 23 percent of those ages 45 to 64 identify themselves as elder care providers; add to that 16 percent of those over 65. To achieve a fuller understanding of the emotional and physical drain of such care, consider that almost one third of these elder care providers are taking care of two or more older people and 23 percent of them have a minor child in their households; 85 percent of caregivers and their elders maintain separate households.
The statistics are drawn from the BLS American Time Use Survey. Every day BLS interviewers ask Americans how they spent their time during the previous 24 hours, examining everything from shopping to child care to phone calls. The time use survey began in 2003 and the most recent results were released on June 22, 2012; they reflect time expenditures in the civilian, non-institutionalized population.
Among the surprise statistics was the fact that a majority – 56 percent – of those providing elder care are women – not a surprise; but that’s a smaller percentage than found in previous studies – a surprise. Sons and husbands are catching up to daughters, wives and daughters-in-law. Approximately one-in-five care providers do so on a daily basis; one-in-four – 24 percent several times a week, and a final 20 percent once a week. On average, care takers offer three hours of service on the days they provide care; however, women spend an hour more on elder care on those days than men do.
To qualify as “care giving” in the survey it must be unpaid and might be as simple as providing companionship or “being available to assist when needed” and it must have been provided more than once in the three months before questioning – regardless of how much time was spent in the task. Recipients of care included a parent (42 percent), a grandparent (19 percent) or another relative (21 percent); only 4 percent reported caring for a spouse or unmarried partner.
“In today’s economy with all of the other pressures facing so many families, and especially when care providers tell themselves that they are ‘only doing what is right’ or what they ‘have to do,’ these caretakers may significantly be undercutting their own emotional/psychological/physical health,” observes Francis (Skip) Flynn, Psy.D., CAP of the Brain Training Centers of Florida. “When circumstances conspire to require that such care be given for extended periods – especially for years and years – people begin living as though they are on auto-pilot. They either cannot allow themselves to recognize or they are almost afraid to admit to themselves how exhausted they have become. In the end, they experience a long-term form of caretaker fatigue that is similar in many ways to many of the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
Flynn uses the example of caretaker spouses and children who “sleep with one eye open and one ear listening to the breathing or for the cries of their sick or elderly relatives.
“If you do that for long enough, you can become as stressed and emotionally bruised and broken as a soldier or Marine who’s been on combat patrols for months on end,” observed Flynn. “It’s really critical that such care providers seek their own professional help – an open and non-judgmental ear and someone who’s able and willing to provide some insight into this PTSD.“
A press release summarizing all of the results of the American Time Use Survey can be found at

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

Brain Training Centers of Florida are very successful in helping individuals suffering from Caretaker Fatigue. The Centers are open 7 days per week from 8:00 AM ti 10:00 PM for the convenience of our clients. For further information, call (305) 412-5050.

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