Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Peak Achievement
Trainer® and Peak Achievement
The Peak Achievement
Trainer® is a patented, state-of-the-art neurovideofeedback™ training
program which improves attention and behavior problems in adults and
children without using drugs. neurovideofeedback™ has distinct advantages
over brainwave feedback or EEG brainwave feedback. The PC-based Trainer
uses a program called Peak Achievement Training®, which is based on the
latest advances in neurovideofeedback™ technology, neuroimaging studies,
and recent NASA and Air Force research on the brainwaves of peak
performing B2 bomber instructor pilots. The Training builds on the
foundation of this research by helping teach individuals to focus better
and more consistently – just as ace B2 bomber pilots do. The research
found that these top pilots cycle between focusing intensely and taking
brief mentally relaxing "microbreaks", and that measuring these cycles was
the best way to pick the top pilots Peak Achievement Training®
teaches the user to learn to take these "microbreaks" to recharge their
brains, while improving their focusing and relaxation abilities.
What is neurovideofeedback™
Neurovideofeedback™ is a method
of training the brain to improve itself by letting the user know more
clearly what his/her brain is doing from moment to moment, while showing
video of their actions at the same time. The user learns what they need to
do to focus and relax more intensely by following the instructions and
using the information from the computer-generated displays and sounds.
How does it work?
training challenges a person to focus. It builds on their success over
just a few seconds to quickly improve their ability to stay focused. The
Trainer detects and analyzes their brainwaves and tells them when they are
concentrating and when they are not by changing the sounds they hear from
the computer and several displays on the computer screen. The object is to
focus on a moving line on the computer screen that represents the user’s
focusing level, and to keep the line above a certain level for as long as
they can. The more a person learns to focus, the better they are able to
control the line on the screen and keep the sound tones at a high pitch.
It may be compared to lifting weights to build muscles – focusing training
with brainwave feedback strengthens the brain’s ability to focus.
How long does it
Training time is rapid.
After the initial session, individuals only spend twenty to thirty minutes
two or three times a week in self-administered training sessions on their
own time. Improvements in focusing and reduced stress are normally
seen in only four or five sessions. Most people report that they are more
able to focus for a longer time after fewer than ten sessions. The total
number of sessions required by most individuals to reach optimum
performance averages from twelve to twenty. The number of sessions needed
for those with a high degree of difficulty paying attention is twenty to
forty. If those sessions are tapered off gradually at the end, gains will
usually be maintained. After that, occasional maintenance sessions will be
a helpful boost. Those who are (or aspire to be) elite athletes will
benefit even more from daily practice during the learning and maintenance
How will it benefit
The potential benefits
of Peak Achievement Training® are improved performance in sports, school,
work, and everyday life, including:
Sports – helping to find "The Zone" of peak
performance, refining athletic skills, sustaining focus on the game,
reducing stress and anxiety, eliminating distractions, improving imagery,
correcting discipline problems, improving physical fitness and strength
training, and faster closed-head injury rehabilitation.
School – paying better attention in class,
improving grades, reducing stress to develop better test taking skills,
improving memory, calming impulsive behavior, enhancing scores on IQ and
performance tests, and improving behavior to help eliminate potential
Work – developing better work habits through
superior focus, mastering new tasks and material more quickly, bettering
accuracy, improving sales performance and business relationships by really
learning how to listen to others, decreasing stress and the associated
health problems, opening channels of communication for improving
employer/employee relationships, and helping to prevent potential violent
How likely is it to improve
demonstrate significant positive changes using neurofeedback training for
a wide array of focus-inhibiting problems: pain, strokes, head injuries,
depression and anxiety. There are over 15 publications in scientific
journals that document improvements in concentration, learning, and
behavior. In one study, Dr. Joel Lubar at the University of Tennessee
found that in over 1,000 students that he trained, the average improvement
in grades was 1.5 levels (for example, from a GPA of C- to a B). Their
standardized test scores improved by about 2.5 grade levels. A study
demonstrating the effectiveness of the Peak Achievement Trainer® has been
presented at several scientific meetings. Other studies are underway
at Washington University, the University of Nebraska, a Fortune 1000
company.. The official publication of the Association for Applied
Psychophysiology and Biofeedback featured an
article on achieving excellence through Peak Achievement Training®.
Neurofeedback’s remarkable successes has been
reported nationally on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s Eye to Eye, and
National Public Radio, as well as a variety of local TV and radio stations
across the country. It has also been written about in Newsweek, Psychology
Today, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest, by the Associated Press, and featured
in a recent book by Jim Robbins, "A Symphony in the Brain". The Peak
Achievement Trainer’s® particular abilities have been reported in the New
York Times Magazine, Reader's
Digest and Fox
News. The success of using neurofeedback in a public school system has
been covered in Parade Magazine and the New York Times. However, the FDA
presently prohibits us from making any claims or guarantees that it
specifically helps particular diseases.
What kind of computer do I
The Peak Achievement
Trainer® VR sets up simply on almost any computer. We recommend the
following minimum computer configuration for optimal performance but less
complete computers will still support most functions:
What is included
in the package?
- Windows XP, Vista or 7.
- A Pentium processor running at 1.5 GHz. or better or
equivalent. Works on laptop mobile processors.
- 64-bit processors, dual and hyperthread processors are fine but not
- 1 GB RAM or more.
- Two free USB ports for wireless Receiver and program copy protection
(HASP). The battery charger can connect to one of these while its
not in use or another USB port.
- A graphics card with 3D and DVD video acceleration and 64MB or more
dedicated video RAM. Integrated video systems that share memory
with the processor are OK but not recommended for optimal
performance. Assuming your PC meets the other requirements, a fast
video card will give you the most bang for the buck. Cards
targeted at the gaming or multimedia market with newer chipsets from ATI
or NVIDIA should work well.
- SoundBlaster or compatible sound card
- For neurovideofeedback™, a DVI camcorder or a webcam (and an
appropriate USB or Firewire port) is required and a very large amount of
hard drive space (207 MB per minute of projected video memory capacity)
- MACs with a PC partition are fine. PC emulators may work but
are not supported.
- Laptops customized for the PAT and with everything installed are
available at extra cost.
- We do not recommend Dell computers or any PC with Roxio pre-loaded
- Computers purchased with Norton Internet Security must uninstall it
before installing our software.
Achievement Trainer® VR includes a miniature, lightweight (less than an
ounce) Brainwave Amplifier and Transmitter that mounts on a visor
(SensorVisor) or a sweatband (SensorBand) that can be used in sports
applications like foul shooting and putting, or a SensorPhone (at extra
cost) for listening to the sound when outside noise is an issue. All
these systems employ our lightweight, user-replaceable sponge brainwave
Sensors that use salt water to make the connection to the head rather than
messy, gooey electrode paste. There is a battery charger
(attaching to a USB port), and a Receiver and its extension wire, which
can occupy the same port or a different one. The new VR (video
recording) software is a special version of BioExplorer which runs the
Peak Achievement designs provided. To review sessions, the package
includes the BioReview program for analyzing individual sessions in
detail, as well as a spreadsheet for Excel that will chart multiple
sessions. A very complete, illustrated manual is included
which helps with the installation and the first lesson. It also includes a
manual/workbook and an audio recording with lessons on improving focusing
and taking relaxing microbreaks, just as the ace B2 bomber
instructor pilots do. To keep things simple, there is a "Quick Guide
to Performing and Reviewing a Peak Achievement Training VR Session".
Phone support for installation and usability issues is unlimited at our
800 number, and an hour of phone consultation about how to work with the
Peak Achievement Trainer completes the package.
The Peak BrainHappiness Trainer
includes all of these items, 3 DVDs and 2 CDs selected to enhance positive
feelings, a Manual and additional software designs for Neureka!,
MeditAider, Peak BrainHappiness, and Excited Happiness.
much does it cost?
available by filling out the inquiry
What do I do if I have trouble using
Installation is easy with a
Manual to guide you through it. The manual and workbook also includes
planned lessons on focusing and relaxation. Peak Achievement Training®, is
available by phone and e-mail for technical and user support.
Can I return it if I am not satisfied?/Is there a satisfaction
We are so confident
that you will find the Trainer useful and enjoyable, that we offer an
exclusive 6 week return privilege, except when prohibited by the leasing
company. We want you to give the Trainer a fair chance to show what it can
do. We will accept a return within 6 weeks prepaid with all parts in
like new condition, provided the lessons in the manual/workbook have been
completed by the buyer, or the Trainer has been used with 3 or more
clients (at least 4 sessions each) in order to give it a fair trial.
Sessions must be recorded (archived) and you must obtain a Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Shipping charges are not
refundable. There is a 10 percent return fee on orders paid for by a
What is the
One year on the
electronics, 90 days on SensorBand, SensorVisor, and SensorPhone.
How much time is required by a trainer, school aid, or a sports
team’s coaching staff?
time--just to get students started and monitor the user’s improved
performance. An office or staff aid, or an academic tutoring center
can administer the whole program. Training is done in self-administered
twenty to thirty minute sessions on the user’s own time, two or three
times a week, and away from any sports practice. The training does not
count against their NCAA practice time limitations.
What are the specific
benefits from PAT may include:
- More productive employee and sales staff
- Better customer service
- Reduced employee and sales training costs due to lower turnover
- Ability to train marginally effective employees and sales
representatives to solve labor shortage
- Ability to retrain and retain aging employees, executives, and sales
- Lower health care costs due to reduced stress
- Improving channels of communication for better employer/employee,
sales staff relationships
- Reducing the potential for violence in the workplace through
improving behavior and impulsivity
- Potential for increased profits
Employee and Sales Representatives:
- Developing better work habits through superior focus
- Mastering new tasks and material more quickly
- Learning sales tracts faster
- Improving listening skills by learning how to really listen to
- Staying better organized
- Bettering accuracy
- Decreasing stress and the associated health problems
- Potential for increased salary or sales and commissions
- Achieving a superior concentration and focus level
- Staying in the "Zone" of peak performance
- Reducing off-sides penalties
- Reducing missed assignments
- Improving strength training and physical fitness
- Building confidence to make that game-winning field goal or
- Reducing bad snaps
- Maintaining peak performance when fatigue sets in
- Eliminating distractions
- Remaining eligible to play
- Paying better attention in class
- Improving grades (for example, from a GPA of a C- to a B)
- Reducing stress for better test taking skills
- Calming impulsive behavior
- Enhancing results on standardized IQ and performance tests
What are the advantages of the Peak Achievement
- Now you can actually see and improve what your brain and body are
doing as you strive for peak performance!
- Produces quick, long-lasting improvements in focusing, learning,
stress, behavior (impulsivity/hyperactivity), and relaxation without
- Integrates video recording and playback to allow you to view the
relationships between activities and Focus and Alertness.
- Users can control any DVD, CD, or an animation file with their Focus
- "Beat the mean" approach enhances motivation.
- It is effective for improving concentration in adults and children
without using drugs.
- Training protocol is based on NASA and Air Force research on peak
performers - B2 bomber pilots.
- It is the first clearly accurate interface between the brain and a
PC. Exclusive, patented feedback is very user-friendly, accurate,
- Users typically understand it in minutes, rather than taking about
- Costs less than other neurovideofeedback™ equipment while providing
the same capability to do other training protocols.
- Trainers, counselors, and therapists can increase their revenue by
offering neurovideofeedback™ training as an added service to their
clients/patients, and potentially increase revenue through insurance
reimbursement information included with the program,
- The sensors use salt water to connect to the scalp, rather than
messy electrode paste.
- A video provides step by step instruction for setup and the first
- Clients and patients understand it and really enjoy it.
- Portable – may be used with a laptop. The entire system and
the laptop fit in a briefcase.
- Comes with a 6 week money back guarantee provided it is used and
sessions are recorded with three clients/patients, or the
purchaser has completed the workbook.
- In use by U.S. and international athletic training centers with
world-class amateur athletes, professional and collegiate athletes,
sport psychologists, educators, parents, companies, therapists, and
- Training time is more rapid than typical neurofeedback protocols.
- Includes a subscription to any workbook and software updates.
- Distributorships are available to qualified professionals; the Peak
Achievement Trainer® may be sold to clients, patients, schools,
companies, or other contacts.
NEWS, FEATURES & STUDIES
recent study shows that teens were able to achieve higher levels of focus
while using the Peak Achievement Trainer.
featuring Neurovideofeedback™--monitoring both the body and the
the study that shows proof that you can achieve positive
emotions through this Trainer.
Peak Achievement Training
Helps Australian Football Player to Score Four Goals in a
A brief course of Peak Achievement Training helped an
Australian Football player, Drew Petrie, to sharpen his shooting. He
scored four goals in the next .. READ
Peak Achievement Training®
Introduces New Neurovideofeedback™ System For Training
The Peak BrainHappiness Trainer™ can help people
achieve excited or calm happiness whenever they want through brainwave
biofeedback training Philad.. READ
Golf Experts Wrote About
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David Leadbetter and Robert Winters
wrote about the Peak Achievement Trainer®. They found that it showed
differences between highly-skilled golfers .. READ
Now measuring & training the Three
Principal Dimensions of Mental Processing: Focus, Alertness, and
Peak Performance Center at a Fortune 500 Company doubled their
executives' focus time & realized outstanding benefits.