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Neurotechnology

"Progress in science depends on new techniques, new discoveries and new ideas, probably in that order"

-Sydney Brenner

IAP and the MindHub™ , through a strategic partnership with Interactive Metronome® (IM), conduct research and disseminate information regarding applied brain-based technologies that have demonstrated success in improving human cognition and other domains of personal competence.

In particular, brain-clock or temporal processing-based technologies are a primary interest of the MindHub™ and IM.  “Most all human behavior involves a brain clock system to coordinate microsecond-based signals in the brain.im-home-for-ebony Interventions that ‘fine tune’ the brain clock can improve human performance from a student learning in a school setting to adults recovering from a stroke” (McGrew, 2012).  IM is one such technology.

IM is an assessment and treatment tool used by therapists and other professionals who work with pediatric and adult patients with neurological conditions that affect cognitive and motor functioning. IM provides an objective method for measuring deficits and for tracking improvement.  Information regarding the various IM clinical products and resources is available at the IM web page.

IM is an evidence-based, engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery. 

IM is used to improve:

  • Attention and focus
  • Coordination
  • Language processing
  • Reading and math fluency
  • Control of impulsivity/self-regulation

Interactive Metronome-Home (IM-Home) is a special focus of the MindHub™. IM-Home allows clients to receive the benefits of the IM technology via a web-based e-clinic and e-therapist. Dr. Kevin McGrew (aka., The Time Doc) is a regular blogger at the IM-Home blog.  His posts focus on explaining the science and research behind IM interventions.clock1

Dr. McGrew also provides more detailed information regarding brain-clock based research, interventions, brain-based technologies, and brain fitness at his Brain Clock blog.  Visit the Brain Clock blog for the most up-to-date information regarding the human brain clock and related brain fitness topics. 

Dr. McGrew recently discussed the science and benefits of IM technology for increasing focus (controlled attention) and to “quiet the busy mind” in an interview on Voice of America Radio
A number of special research reports, briefs, on-line SlideShare Power Point presentations, and web-based Mind Map resources are available for download or for on-line web page viewing at the MindHub™ Special Reports and Publications section. Visit the Brain Clock for new and future reports.

How does IM work?  "What is happening under the hood?"

Dr. McGrew has been studying mental brain clock timing research and Interactive Metronome® technology since 2005.  He recently has synthesized this literature and research in a hypothesized three-level explanation of the IM Effect.  The image below represents this explanatory model.  Dr. McGrew is currently in the process of drafting manuscripts, working papers, and blog material that explains this model.  Stay tunned to the MindHub™for updates (sign up for the newsletter). [Click on image to enlarge]

 

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Dr. McGrew presented his hypothesized IM Effect explanation (I think...therefore IM) as the keynote presenter at the October, 2012 IM conference in San Antonio, Texas.  An edited version of his presentation is now available at YouTube. 

 

A MindHub Pub working paper regarding the science behind IM is now available.  Mind Hub Pub 3:  The Science Behind Interactive Metronome: An Integration of Brain Clock, Temporal Processing, Brain Network, and Neurocognitive Research and Theory (3-4-13)

 

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