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Studies Show That Raising Neureka! Increases Long-Term Happiness
Study 1: What Does Neureka! Feel Like?
All of the subjects used very positive words to describe what it felt like to be at higher Neureka! levels. There were some fascinating descriptions, all but one very positive. They used words such as: love, compassion and joy.
In the next part of the study, a researcher read words aloud to the subjects and they asked the subjects to create the feeling or idea inside themselves and watch the screen on the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer. Then they rated how the measured levels of Neureka! they saw on the screen compared to the intensity of what they felt. They reported remarkably strong relationships to happiness, love, gratitude, satisfaction, awareness and other experiences.
Three Seconds to Happiness
Then the researchers asked each subject to make the Neureka! levels as high as they could in 3 seconds, using the neurofeedback from the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer. The researchers gave the subjects their own words they had used to describe their feelings in the first part of the experiment to help them raise the levels of Neureka! brainwaves in this part.
The subjects were able to raise their levels of Neureka! brainwave output in a 3 second trial. Some raised it by 28% over the baseline.
Study 2: Create the Feelings
The brain produced more Neureka! when the subject felt positive emotions.
Study 3: Positive vs. Negative Feelings
In one of the test cycles, the researchers said “unhappy” after testing “happy”. That pair showed the greatest difference in Neureka! output level from the subjects.
These studies show how the levels of Neureka! relate to positive feelings.
Study 4: Enhancing Happiness, Thinking, and Memory
Dr. Estate Sokhadze carried out this study at the University of Louisville. In the first part, the subjects watched DVD’s with beautiful scenes from the BBC series, Planet Earth during their training sessions. When they raised their Neureka! values, the size of the DVD picture on the PC screen grew at the same time. The researchers asked the subjects to make the picture grow as much as possible. All of the subjects learned to raise their Neureka! values.
In our study, not counting the subjects who already said they were happy [rating themselves at (5) or above], the other subjects in the lower happiness ranges rated their happiness 50% higher as a group after Neureka! training with the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer.
Feeling Less Depressed
The study included another test called the Beck Depression Inventory, a very well known and accepted measure of depressed mood. The subjects improved their scores by an average of 35%, showing that they felt better.
This is not about the serious condition called clinical depression, which has to be diagnosed by a professional
Better Brain Function
When the subjects had finished all the training sessions, the researchers rechecked them with a short computerized test called the MicroCog. The MicroCog was developed at Harvard to look for difficulties in thinking and general brain function. The results seem to show the subjects improved in two main areas: General Cognitive Functioning and Memory. This indicates a very selective improvement in brain function, particularly centered around memory accuracy.
Happiness and Health
The results of our study at the University of Louisville may also indicate that Neureka! training with the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer can improve long-term health. We used the same question about happiness that they did in the HILDA study, and showed major improvements. Health and happiness seem to be connected. For example, there are studies connecting heart disease and immune system function to the level of happiness. This could mean that people who become happier may also become healthier.
Our hypothesis was that the results of the study might also indicate this training can improve long-term health. A follow-up survey taken after the study showed the subjects had remained just as happy for 4 months without additional efffort.
Overall, this study showed people can learn to raise their Neureka! level using neurofeedback with the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer. When they do, they report they are happier, and tests show their brains work better and they feel less depressed. They also appeared to raise their long-term "set-point" of happiness, as they stayed at the same level of happiness for 4 months .
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