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Robert Austin

  1. Neuromedics Technology research

    In years past, we collaborated with Dr. Harold Russell and others to develop an EEG driven light and sound system, which was used to treat ADHD in several studies, with some success. We weren't able to raise the several million dollars needed for FDA approval so the project stopped (and we don't claim any medical benefits for our products without such approval, of course). But the studies are still interesting, and worth a look:
    http://www.neuromedicstechnology.com/Research.htm
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  2. Using external audio with your ThoughtStream USB system

    It can sometimes be helpful to listen to both the ThoughtStream's internal audio and other audio content, such as relaxing nature sounds, guided meditations, and the like. Though the ThoughtStream does not have an audio input jack, it turns out that the solution is a simple one. All you need is a stereo audio splitter (1/8" plug to 2 1/8" stereo jacks) and an audio patch cord, such as the one included with Proteus and Procyon. Just plug the splitter into the ThoughtStream audio output, ...
  3. New content on SoundCloud: Craig Tice

    Craig Tice (CraigT) has given us permission to share some of his AudioStrobe-encoded audio tracks, which you can find at www.soundcloud.com/mindplace. He's taken a different approach to AS encoding than Scott Hendrickson: Scott wrote his own audio software plug-ins for this purpose, while Craig uses Mind Workstation (and these tracks are great illustrations of how you could use MWS to create your own content). Craig uses modulated noise to make the AS tracks, lending them a somewhat 'fizzy' or ...
  4. New video on YouTube: Introduction to the Procyon Editor

    Scott Hendrickson (Neuroasis) has just released another of his fine new series of MindPlace tutorials on our YouTube channel. This time around, it's an introduction to the Procyon Editor software, and he walks you through the process of creating your own Procyon sessions, including how to use the powerful 'looping' feature. Highly recommended?this is a 'must see' video if you are interested in making your own sessions. Thanks, Scott!
  5. Larry Paros at the NTF

    I'm in process of posting another video lecture from the 1992 Neurotechnology Forum on Youtube (in four parts, as usual), this time by Dr. Larry Paros. In his talk, Larry discusses various applications for Cranial Electro-Stimulation (CES), a technology which sends tiny pulses of electricity through the brain, apparently causing shifts in aspects of neuronal and cognitive functions.

    Taken together, this series of lectures provides an excellent snapshot and time capsule of what ...
  6. Len Ochs on EEG-driven light and sound

    I've uploaded a new batch of videos to our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/user/TheMindplace) - this time, the Neurotechnology Forum lecture by Dr. Len Ochs. Len is a highly regarded biofeedback pioneer, and in this lecture he discusses (among other things) an EEG-driven light and sound system that he was using in his clinical practice. This is similar to the equipment used by Dr. Harold Russell in clinical studies involving the treatment of ADHD, which were funded by the US Department of Education. ...
  7. The Neurotechnology Forum

    Back in 1992, we (or rather, our former company, Synetic Systems) hosted a day-long conference dedicated to the subject of neurotechnology. We invited a number of prominent individuals in this field to speak, including Tom Budzynski, Anna Wise, Stephen LaBerge, Len Ochs, Larry Paros, and Julian Isaacs. Topics covered included biofeedback, light and sound stimulation, subliminal and other psychological techniques, cranial electrical stimulation, lucid dreaming, and a broad range of related topics. ...
  8. Biosensor Tattoos?

    A paper in the 8/12/2011 issue of Science magazine describes essentially a breakthrough technology for biosensors. According to the piece, all of the necessary components of the devices, including electrodes, electronic components, sensors, radio frequency communication components and power supplies, are set within an extremely thin (about 30 micron) elastic polyester sheet. The sheet is flexible, and weighs less than a tenth of a gram. It's lightweight and stretchable.

    A key ...
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  9. Megabrain

    In the year 1986, a book entitled Megabrain: New Tools and Techniques for Brain Growth and Mind Expansion was published. The author was journalist Michael Hutchison, and it sparked a mini-revolution. Hutchison assembled into a single tome a wide and varied range of technologies, all intended to boost intelligence and otherwise enhance consciousness. In so doing he created a viral meme, which spread well into the 1990s, during which time he authored the followup book Megabrain Power and a series ...
  10. The Tone Generation

    Back in the 1950s, electronic music was just emerging from the musique concrete movement, with their massively spliced magnetic tape assemblies and shellac records. In those days, lone composers might assemble a few military-surplus audio oscillators and filters with a tape recorder, and cobble together odd sounds by hand; the modular synthesizers made famous by Robert Moog in the late 1960's had not yet been conceived of. Some amazing works were created during this period, despite the technical ...
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