Like a Fit­bit for the Brain

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEUROSCIENCE AND EDUCATION -

“Pay at­ten­tion!’’

How many times in your teach­ing ca­reer have you told your stu­dents to pay at­ten­tion?

You know your stu­dents learn more ef­fec­tively the bet­ter they pay at­ten­tion. Most stu­dents re­spond to their teacher telling them to fo­cus. But a few don’t. Some of them can’t be­cause their brains are struc­tured in a way that makes it dif­fi­cult to fo­cus on a task.

Now there is an easy way to help them. Neu­ro­sci­en­tists have used brain re­search to de­velop a sim­ple, light­weight wear­able tech­nol­ogy that helps stu­dents be aware when their fo­cus shifts and at­ten­tion is dis­tracted.

It’s called Ner­vanix In­sight, and it’s like a Fit­bit for the brain.

This new wear­able at­ten­tion train­ing tool lever­ages the lat­est break­throughs in neu­ro­science. It en­ables stu­dents to eas­ily mon­i­tor their at­ten­tion lev­els.

The Ner­vanix In­sight neu­ro­feed­back at­ten­tion tech­nol­ogy:

• No­ti­fies stu­dents when they “zone out” or

lose fo­cus

• Dims the bright­ness of their com­puter, ipad or An­droid screen to prompt at­ten­tion

• Alerts them to re­fo­cus the in­stant they lose fo­cus

• En­ables prac­tice and train­ing to im­prove at­ten­tion skills

• Is easy to use be­cause it’s so light to wear Stu­dents use Ner­vanix In­sight to de­velop their at­ten­tion skills by prac­tice and train­ing while they do their reg­u­lar work (no sep­a­rate ex­er­cises to take time away from their usual learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties). Teach­ers only need to en­cour­age their at­ten­tion-chal­lenged stu­dents to use this ed­u­ca­tional neu­ro­science de­vice a few times a week, and the tech­nol­ogy will do its job. It’s easy for teach­ers.

How Does Ner­vanix In­sight Work?

This in­no­va­tive biofeed­back tool helps learn­ers stay more en­gaged by link­ing screen bright­ness to their at­ten­tion level. The stronger one’s at­ten­tion, the brighter the screen. If a learner starts to “zone out”, the screen dims and that learner must fo­cus more to make the screen brighter.

Stu­dents are helped to master their at­ten­tional skills. This “Fit­bit” for their brain also fosters mind­ful­ness and metacog­ni­tion, or the higher-or­der think­ing, which al­lows a learner to un­der­stand, an­a­lyse and build con­trol over their learn­ing pro­cesses.

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